A 17-year-old girl has died while attending Leeds Festival 2019, it has been confirmed.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed the news and, while the specific details of the death have not yet been revealed, liaison officers did suggest that the death was a result of a lethal combination of drugs.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has died,” Superintendent Matt Davison said in a statement. “We have family liaison officers in place supporting them and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time,” the police said in a statement. “While the exact cause of her death is yet to be established, the information we have indicates that she has taken a combination of drugs.
“This is a tragic incident and I hope serves as a timely reminder to others of the risk of taking illegal substances, particularly when mixing different types of drugs and drinking alcohol.
“If anyone has any concerns for either themselves or others at the festival, I would urge them to contact staff on-site or seek urgent medical assistance.”
The news comes just days after West Yorkshire Police and issued a warning about “super-strength” MDMA which was circulation just days before Leeds Festival 2019.
According to The Loop, a none profit company that triumphs and provides safe drug testing at festivals, there have been reports of drug dealers selling a substance called ‘N-ethyl Pentylone’, a drug which has been described as “fake MDMA”.
The dangers, according to The Loop and West Yorkshire Police, is that ‘N-ethyl Pentylone’ is considered to be around three or four times stronger than normal MDMA. Furthermore, the substance is exactly the same in appearance and is normally sold it crystal, pill and powder form.
While the high from the drug doesn’t last as long as MDMA, the Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the side effects are much more severe and can “lead to 12 to 48 hours of severe insomnia, paranoia, erratic behaviour and drug-induced psychosis.”
Reacting to the news that ‘N-ethyl Pentylone’ may be sold at Leeds Festival this weekend, West Yorkshire Police said: “Whether it’s claimed to be a legal high or a banned substance, people supplying drugs are more often than not unscrupulous individuals who don’t care about you,” in a statement.
“Aside from the potential effect that anything you take may have on your health and wellbeing, drugs can also have a significant effect on your life and future. A conviction for taking or supplying controlled drugs to your friends will impact on your life. This can include travel plans, employment prospects as well as your general reputation.”