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Teenager found dead after taking ecstasy had been at Warehouse Project

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 12/12/2016 Sam Yarwood

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc A teenager found dead in a city centre hotel room after taking ecstasy had been to the popular Warehouse Project that same night.

The 19-year-old, named locally as Lauren Atkinson, was discovered at The City Warehouse ApartHotel in Great Ancoats Street at around 6am on Saturday morning.

Police say she had taken the drug, known as MDMA, but it is not known where she got it from.

It is believed Lauren, from Ulverston, Cumbria, had travelled to the city with friends for the weekend.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She had come to Manchester to attend Warehouse Project’s Heldeep event on Friday night at the Warehouse Project's Store Street venue, near Piccadilly station.

She had posted on her Facebook page on Thursday: “So excited roll on tomorrow” alongside a setlist for the night.

Club bosses say they have been made aware of the death, and reiterated their message for revellers to act responsibly, especially leading up to Christmas.

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A spokesman for The Warehouse Project said: “We have been made aware that sadly a 19 year old girl from Cumbria passed away at around 6am in the early hours of Saturday morning at an after party.

“We would like to continue strengthening our message, especially in the lead up to Christmas for party goers in Manchester and all over the country to act responsibly and look after each other.”

Lauren has been described by friends as a ‘lovely, bubbly girl’ who was a ‘treasured daughter, sister and amazing friend’.

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Tributes have poured in on social media, and an appeal to raise money for her funeral has hit £9,000 in less than 24 hours.

Lauren Millington wrote: “R.I.P Lauren Atkinson x you are such a bright and bubbly person and will missed by every person who had the pleasure of meeting you.”

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Demi Rimmer said: “Absolutely breaks my heart to be writing this. One of the loveliest most kind hearted gorgeous girl ever has been taken far too soon, R.I.P gorgeous girl Lauren Atkinson absolutely devastated will be missed by many.”

Kaydia Roberts added: “Rest in peace Lauren Atkinson it was a privilege knowing you, thoughts go out to friends and family.”

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Police confirmed four people – all from Cumbria – have been arrested in connection with the death.

Two men, aged 24 and 26, have been arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. And two women, aged 24 and 26 were arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

Supt Stephen Howard from GMP said: “This is a tragic situation. The death of a young person is always devastating, but in these circumstances, it is all the more heart breaking.

"My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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