Teenager dies after collapsing in street
SIX people have been arrested after the suspected drugs death of a Denaby teenager.
A community has been left in shock after 16-year-old Liam Gill collapsed and died in Wadworth Street on Saturday evening.
Police say they are not treating the former De Warenne Academy pupil’s death as suspicious.
Six people, a 45-year-old woman and five males aged between 15 and 39-years-old, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A post mortem examination conducted on Sunday, proved inconclusive, with further tests required to establish the cause of death.
Toxicology tests will also be carried out.
Liam’s distressed mother, Sheena Clark, of Crags Road, said she was too upset to talk about her son’s death.
People living in the area said Liam had been playing football at Tom Hill for a couple of hours before the incident.
A house in a neighbouring street was placed under police guard on Sunday for fear of reprisals after it was suggested a young man living there had supplied drugs.
People in Denaby Main who knew Liam said he was ‘not the sort to get into trouble’.
One man who knows the family, but did not want to be named, said: “He was a lovely lad. He was not a trouble causer. I think he’d only just left school but I don’t know if he had a job.
“Someone told me the police had arrested seven and one of them had been on the run but they caught him.
“As far as I know, Liam wasn’t part of the drugs scene around here.”
A resident of Wadworth Street said: “We were just going out on Saturday night when we saw the police turn up. When we came back a house was cordoned off. I don’t know any details about what happened but it’s very sad.”
A police spokesman said Liam had been taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but could not be revived.
He added: “Officers are not treating his death as suspicious. The people arrested were not held over his death, but in connection with drugs offences.”
Anyone with information contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1104 of Saturday 29 September.
An inquest into Liam’s death is expected to be opened and adjourned.
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