Two in court after teen death

TWO people were due in court today after a 14-year-old schoolgirl died from a suspected drugs overdose.Jennifer Harpley, of San Francisco Walk, Lowestoft, was admitted to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, just before 3pm on Sunday.

TWO people were due in court today after a 14-year-old schoolgirl died from a suspected drugs overdose.

Jennifer Harpley, of San Francisco Walk, Lowestoft, was admitted to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, just before 3pm on Sunday. She died at the hospital shortly before 8.30am yesterday .

Staff at the hospital contacted police when she arrived and at 9pm on Sunday two people were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

Claire Jillings, 22, of Chauker's Crescent, Lowestoft, has been charged with manslaughter and supplying controlled drugs.

She was due to appear before Lowestoft magistrates today.

Carl Balls, 35, of Montgomery Avenue, Lowestoft, has also been charged with supplying controlled drugs to Claire Jillings and will also appear at the town's magistrates court today.

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A post mortem carried out by a Home Office pathologist at James Paget Hospital yesterday determined the 14-year-old died from multiple organ failure.

It is believed the teenager collapsed unconscious while at a friend's house in Carlton Colville.

Residents in Carlton Colville were reluctant to talk about the incident yesterday, and there was a considerable police presence throughout the day.

The tragedy has highlighted the dangers young people face from drugs and alcohol and has led to a call for greater education.

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