Tributes to tragic Leeds teenager in suspected Ecstasy overdose

Joseph Preston.
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A teenager has died from a suspected drug overdose hours after apparently taking ecstasy at a Leeds nightclub.

Two men have been arrested and were yesterday (March 10) being questioned by police following the death of Joseph Preston, from Ilkley, on Sunday morning.

The 17-year-old is thought to have attended a dance music night the previous evening at Canal Mills, a venue in Armley, Leeds.

Police believe Joseph’s condition deteriorated after consuming alcohol and Ecstasy during the evening and heading to a friend’s house in Shipley.

Officers were called at 9am on Sunday and the former Ilkley Grammar School pupil was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary, but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today (March 11) to determine how Joseph died, with an inquest into his death set to be opened later this week.

The two 18-year-olds arrested by police on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug are understood to be friends of the victim.

Steve Allison, a director at Canal Mills, said his staff had been helping police with their enquiries and provided CCTV footage of “all areas of the venue”.

Friends have been paying tribute to Joseph on social networking site Twitter.

One user wrote: “Joe Preston was one of the boys, can’t believe something like this has happened, he will be missed by the lads an others, love ya bro!! Rip!”

Another tweeted: “Still can’t believe we’ve lost such a kind hearted lad. Plenty good memories with you fella!”

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