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Inquest opens into Poppy Rodgers' death
THE heartbroken parents of a 16-year-old York girl who died after apparently taking drugs thanked police for their work, as the inquest into their daughter’s death opened.
Speaking outside Ware and Kay solicitors, where York coroner Donald Coverdale today opened the inquest into the death of Poppy Rodgers, her father Mark Rodgers clutched the hand of Poppy’s mother Ann, and said: “We want to pay tribute to North Yorkshire Police.
“The police have been fantastic and we want to thank them for everything they have done.”
Poppy, of Long Marston near York, died in the early hours on Friday after taking a "yellow-white" paste thought to contain amphetamine.
At the five-minute hearing today, the court heard Poppy had been staying with friends in Tang Hall Lane, in York, and had consumed a substance at the property on Thursday evening.
Mr Coverdale said she had then become “unwell” and had “slurred speech” before collapsing unconscious. Attempts were made by people in the house and paramedics to resuscitate Poppy but they could not revive her.
She was pronounced dead at York Hospital at 1.10am the following morning. Her father later identified the body.
A post-mortem examination has been carried out but Mr Coverdale said the pathologist was still awaiting toxicology results and could not yet determine the cause of death.
The inquest was adjourned to allow Poppy’s parents to make funeral arrangements.
Mr and Mrs Rodgers said their daughter had "a personality that charmed everyone" and "a family that would provide her with anything".
But they said the York College student came into contact with people "who encouraged her to make bad choices".
A 21-year-old man, also believed to have taken the substance, was discharged from York Hospital. A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from York, who were arrested in connection with the investigation, were bailed on Saturday.
A post-mortem examination has been carried out but further tests are needed to determine the cause of death.