- Poppy Rodgers was found very ill at a house on a rundown housing estate
- She is believed to have taken a powdery 'amphetamine paste'
By Paul Sims
PUBLISHED: 16:42 EST, 21 April 2012 | UPDATED: 07:22 EST, 23 April 2012
A girl of 16 died after taking a mystery drug at a house party.
Poppy Rodgers was found critically ill at a terraced house on a rundown housing estate during the early hours last Friday.
She was taken to hospital but later died. The trainee beauty therapist is understood to have taken a yellowy-white powder, believed to be an amphetamine paste.
Torn apart: Poppy, pictured, with her mother Ann-Margaret Rodgers. The trainee beauty therapist is understood to have taken a yellowy-white powder, believed to be an amphetamine paste
Her death prompted police to issue an urgent warning about the concoction as they conducted further tests to determine what exactly she took.
Last night, her devastated family were being comforted by family liaison officers.
Poppy Rogers died after taking the substance while at a house in York
A friend of the family said: ‘This is a very difficult time for all of them. It’s totally unexpected.
‘The family are all understandably devastated and this is very raw. Poppy was a loving, happy, well-liked young girl. But she was naive and stubborn.
‘I don’t know whether she got into the wrong crowd or what happened, we don’t know much at the moment. I don’t know whether she was friends with the people at the house or how she got to be there.
‘She wasn’t a little tearaway, she was a lovely young girl who was naive.’
The friend added: ‘This is a lesson for young people not to experiment with drugs.’
Her mother, Ann-Margaret Rodgers, is believed to have began a relationship with local artist Andy Hinkles, 45, after separating from Poppy's father
On a social networking site Poppy’s mother writes: ‘I’m the proud Mummy of a beautiful daughter, without her in my life the sun would never shine.’
She lives less than a mile from the house where Poppy collapsed in the Tang Hall area of York. It is not yet known if Poppy, a student at York College, went to the house party on her own or with friends.
Neighbours said the house was known for attracting trouble. The front window was boarded up last week after a sofa was hurled through it.
Tributes: Twitter users have been taking to the internet site to pay tribute to 16-year-old Poppy Rodgers
On the evening Poppy died they said they heard loud music and fireworks being let off in the back garden of the property at about 10pm. Then, just after midnight, they heard the siren of an ambulance.
Simon Moss, who lives opposite the house and is the chairman of the Tang Hall residents’ association, also reported hearing ‘a lot of police activity’.
He said: There are always sirens going off here. It seems there is some kind of trouble more often than not. The fact that it is connected to drugs does not surprise me.’
Poppy formerly studied at Norton College and at King James’s School, in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
A man of 21 who was taken to York Hospital, pictured, with Miss Rodgers has since been discharged
The school’s head Carl Sugden said: ‘We are all desperately saddened by this news.
‘Poppy was a well-regarded girl and was popular and had a good group of friends.’
A man of 21 who was taken to hospital with Miss Rodgers has since been discharged.
A man of 23 and a 26-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. Both have now been released on bail.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘People are strongly urged not to risk taking substances matching this description. One girl has already died, so the potential dangers are very real.’
Headlines Newsview all
Amanda Holden at the centre of Twitter backlash as she sends daughter to school dressed as Pretty Woman prostitute for fancy dress day
A parenting group has slammed TV star Amanda Holden for posting a picture of her nine-year-old daughter 'dressed as a prostitute' online.The Britain's Got Talent ... Full story
Grandmother filmed confronting militants and branding them 'devils' before quoting verses in the Koran that forbid slaughter
An incredible video has emerged showing the moment an elderly woman bravely confronted two Islamic State militants, telling them their terror group is cursed and ... Full story
Jobseeker shocked to be sent rudest rejection email ever calling him an 'old, aesthetically challenged professional pr*** with no teeth'
A jobseeker was shocked after he was branded as 'irritating', 'rude' and 'obnoxious' in a cutting email accidentally sent to him by a prospective employer.James ... Full story
Rate this article
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
- Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha
- Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without
- Lacey Wildd has had 30 enhancement surgeries and is planning more
Getting up early in the morning to go to work is good for your health and social wellbeing, Iain Duncan Smith has claimed. In an interview ...
Jamelia has ignited anger from people of all sizes across the UK yesterday by arguing that plus-size and size-zero clothes should only be sold in ...
A planned terror attack on Christian churches has been foiled in Paris, French police say. An alleged Islamic extremist has been arrested by security services who ...
On 22 April 1915, less than nine months into the First World War, the German army unleashed a terrifying new weapon that changed the face ...
A “Sharia compliant” sex shop is reportedly set to open in Mecca selling halal products and toys. El Asira, an erotic brand originating in Amsterdam, is ...
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has been forced to apologise after he was accused of bullying for repeatedly pulling a waitress’s ponytail over the ...
MPs urge Lord Janner decision be reconsidered in open letter: 'Have we learnt anything from the mistakes of the past?'
The decision not to prosecute the Labour peer Lord Janner over historic child sex abuse allegations will cause the public to consider any investigation into ...
The chief executive of Pret A Manger has revealed staff at the popular sandwich shop chain are told to give out free hot drinks and ...
If you thought Jeremy Clarkon’s final Top Gear appearance had ended up on the scrap heap after his BBC career crashed and burned then think ...
More animals than ever before are being abused as the number of convictions for animal cruelty falls, new figures by the RSPCA claim. Figures from the ...