Teenage boy dies in early hours after taking ecstasy at house party

A teenage boy has died after taking ecstasy at a house party.

The 17-year-old took MDMA and cannabis at a gathering in Preston before falling ill.

He was rushed to hospital but died a short while after arriving.

Detectives have issued an warning to teenagers and parents urging them to stay away from the drug, the Manchester Evening News reported.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: "He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but was sadly pronounced dead shortly afterwards. His family have been informed.

"Whilst his death is currently being treated as unexplained, it is believed that he had taken MDMA and cannabis during the evening before he became unwell."

The boy has not yet been named.

Det Insp Martin Pearson, from Preston Police, said: "This is an extremely sad set of circumstances and my thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

"We know that he was at a gathering at a house with friends and we believe he has taken drugs in the lead up to his death.

"Following this tragic incident, I would like to take this opportunity to remind people, especially youngsters, of the potential risks of taking drugs. Whilst they may be seen as safe and enjoyable, they can prove fatal.

"If you have taken something and start to feel unwell, please seek medical attention immediately."

An investigation has been launched into the boy's death.

A file of evidence is being prepared for the coroner ahead of an inquest.

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