POLICE have arrested a teenager on suspicion of supplying drugs in connection with the death of a 15 year old girl who they believe had been taking a form of ecstasy.

North Yorkshire police have named the dead youngster as Leah Heyes from Northallerton, and reiterated warnings to anyone who uses drugs of the potential consequences.

A police spokesperson said: " We are now in a position to name the 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after collapsing in the Applegarth car park in Northallerton on the night of Saturday May 11.

Her name is Leah Heyes from Northallerton.

"Officers are continuing their investigation into Leah’s death to determine the circumstances that led to the tragic events of Saturday night. A post mortem is due to be carried out to determine the cause of her death.

"We believe that Leah had taken the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or a "bomb", prior to collapsing and we reiterate our warning to anyone who uses drugs, of the potential consequences.

At this stage, one teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. However, officers have not ruled out making further arrests as the investigation continues.

"We urge anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information about the events on Saturday night, to come forward and speak to the police if they have not already done so. Please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12190085105."

At an annual council meeting in Northallerton, the re-elected Northallerton mayor Cllr John Forrest said: "My condolences goes to the family of the young girl who died over the weekend - it's sad and my heart goes out to them."