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Leeds Festival death: Girl, 17, dies of suspected drug overdose

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A 17-year-old girl has died of a suspected drug overdose at Leeds Festival.

West Yorkshire Police was called to the festival site, in Bramham Park, at 3.40am on Saturday after being told she had died. The girl was from Oldham.

A 17-year-old boy, also from Oldham, has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He is currently in custody.

Leeds Festival’s police commander, Supt Matt Davison said, “Our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has died. We have family liaison officers in place supporting them and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time.

“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.”

He added: “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.”

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