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Pair held over drug death bailed

Two people arrested in connection with the death of a teenage girl in a drugs-related incident have been released on bail, police said.

The 16-year-old girl died in the early hours of Friday morning after taking a "yellow-white" paste thought to contain amphetamine.

Her death in York prompted police to issue an urgent health warning for people in the area not to risk taking any substances with a similar description.

Paramedics were called to a property in Tang Hall Lane, York, at about 11.30pm on Thursday and rushed the teenage girl, named locally as Poppy Rodgers, to York District Hospital in an ambulance. She died despite attempts to resuscitate her.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man, also believed to have taken the substance, is still in hospital but is said to be improving. A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from York, who were arrested in connection with the investigation have been bailed, a spokesman said.

The force issued the following safety warning: "In relation to this investigation, North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust are urging anyone with drug-related health concerns to seek medical assistance without delay. Either contact your GP or go to straight to hospital if required.

"The yellow-white paste involved in this particular case is undergoing tests to determine exactly what it contains, although amphetamine is believed to be involved. Until this is confirmed, people are strongly urged not to risk taking substances matching this description or of a similar nature.

"One girl has already died and a young man is in a serious but stable condition at hospital, so the potential dangers are very real."

It was reported that Poppy was a student at York College. Spokeswoman Jill Sissons told The Press newspaper: "We are saddened to hear of the death of Poppy Rodgers. The college was working with Poppy to engage her in education and our thoughts go out to her friends and family."

The headteacher at her previous school, King James's School in Knaresborough, paid tribute to her. Carl Sugden told the paper: "Poppy was a well-regarded girl and was popular and had a good group of friends."

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