Police Liverpool probe drugs link to death of schoolgirl Rose Farley, 15.By Chris Johnson
Police were questioning a 16-year-old boy over the death of a schoolgirl from a suspected drugs overdose after a party in Liverpool.
Pretty Rose Farley, 15, collapsed from a suspected drugs overdose in the early hours of Saturday and died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Friends claimed that Rose's drink had been spiked during a night out at a local social club near her home in West Derby, where she first became ill.
She was taken home where she collapsed and was rushed to hospital where doctors lost a battle to save her life at 5am.
Neighbours said the dead girl's father were former Liverpool nightclub owner Chris Farley and his ex-wife Lyn. .
Chris Farley and his 2nd wife Kelly are well-known on the Liverpool celebrity party scene and are friends of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his wife Alex.
A Home Office pathologist carried-out a post mortem on the body of Rose but its immdiate results proved inconclusive.
Police said they were awaiting the oucome of toxicology tests before the cause of death could be defined.
The incident came after police warned of the dangers from a new strain of the ecstacy tablets dubbed 'Dr Death' were circulating in Liverpool.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman confirmed the dead girl's identity and said that her death was still being treated as "unexplained"
"A post mortem examination has been carried out. The examination has concluded and the cause of the death has been withheld pending toxicology results.
"A 16 year old man from the Liverpool 5 area has also been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled substances as part of the on-going investigation.
"He is currently in police custody and being questioned by officers."
The senior police officer in charge of the investigation said drugs were "just one of the lines of inquiry" into Rose's death.
Det Supt Tim Keelan 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 enquiry that our comprehensive investigation is looking at.
"That said I would like to take this opportunity to warn people about the dangers of taking illegal substances.
"The effects of drugs are not always immediately apparent or can be delayed. This can sometimes result in people taking more in order to speed up the effects.
"This can have devastating results, one of which can be death."
Tributes were paid to the tragic teenager on Facebook and Twitter.
Her pal Demi Boyle said: "You glowed just like a pink loving rose. Your just gunna be the only start in the sky you'll shine the brightest we won't be able to look up. You'll be like a sun to shine babes. Love you and will miss you.
"Won't sleep tonight to show my respect. Don't feel like eatin, but I've got to know why it happened xxx"
Jessica Bauress added: "I amd so glad I got to know her and how much of an amazing person she was!
"I never saw her without a gorgeous smile on her face. Sleep tight angel, love you. Forever young, miss you always ? xxxxx"
Rose sent a last Twitter message on Friday about how she was looking-forward to a night out.. She tweeted: "Aw, dead excited for tonight."
On Thursday, she had said: "Feel myself falling asleep. Goodnight, so happy lately."
Police issued a warning on Friday that a new and potentially lethal type of pink drug tablet - a form of ecstacy - was being distributed on Merseyside.
Known as "pink McDonalds" - because many tablets bear the letter 'M' - they contain the potentially fatal drug paramethoxyamphetamine or PMA.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward said criminals in Merseyside were supplying the pink ecstacy which were ending up in the hands of young people across the UK.
"Although these tablets resemble ecstacy, they are said to take longer to achieve the same highs as more commonly-known versions of the drug and there was a risk that users would increase their dose."
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 0151 777 4065 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111