A girl of 15 has died after taking what friends fear was ecstasy, triggering a police inquiry into whether her drink was spiked.
Friends of Rose Farley yesterday hit out at the ‘twisted minds’ who they claimed had secretly put the deadly drug into her drink.
Rose, described as ‘gorgeous and bubbly’, collapsed in the early hours of Saturday after spending the evening at a friend’s birthday party in a social club.
The teenager was taken by ambulance from her home in Liverpool to the city’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital but she died shortly afterwards at 5am.
Friends said Rose first became ill at the Silvestrian Social Club near her home in the West Derby area of the city.
Teenager Rose Farley, 15, from Liverpool, who died after claims her drink was spiked at a social club
Several messages were posted on social-networking sites with one user writing that he hoped the people responsible ‘get caught’.
One woman wrote: ‘I don’t know what goes though sick little twisted minds to spike a young girl. Low-lives.
Heart goes out to her family and friends. I hope everyone who finds it clever and smart to take drugs in the first place stops.’
Rose’s parents, Chris and Lyn Farley, are divorced. Mr Farley, a former nightclub owner, has occasionally worked as a bodyguard to Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard. Mr Farley’s new wife, Kelly, is best friends with the footballer’s wife, Alex, and the two couples socialise regularly.
Police are investigating Rose Farley's death after claims her drink was spiked at a party on Friday
Rose’s death comes days after Merseyside Police issued a warning about a new strain of dangerous ecstasy-type tablet being distributed in the North West.
Officers advised people against taking the potentially fatal pink pills, which are known on the street as pink ecstasy, Dr Death or Pink McDonalds. The warning came after the deaths of two men in 24 hours in Cambridgeshire last week. A man died in similar circumstances in Bournemouth on May 21.
The last internet messages posted by Rose showed how much she was looking forward to her night out. On Friday, the schoolgirl tweeted: ‘Aw, dead excited for tonight.’
Joyce Hale, manager at the social club said: ‘Everything was OK on the night and there were no problems. We only found out later on what had happened.’
A 16-year-old youth from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and is being questioned by police.
Officers said they were aware of the claims that Rose’s drink was spiked at the party, but were still treating her death as unexplained.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, of Merseyside Police, said: ‘At this stage it is too early to draw conclusions about the cause of death and it is unhelpful to speculate. The implication that this may be drug related is just one of the lines of inquiry that our comprehensive investigation is looking at.’
A post-mortem examination has been carried out but its immediate results were inconclusive. Toxicology test results are awaited.
Thousands of people have left emotional tributes to Rose on a number of groups set up on Facebook. Floral tributes have been tied to the entrance of North Liverpool Academy, the school she attended.
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