No charges over death of Ellie Jones

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THERE will be no prosecution over the death of Orford 16-year-old Ellie Jones who died after taking ‘pink ecstasy’

Six people arrested following the teenager's death in May have been released without charge.

Three boys aged 16, a boy aged 15, a girl aged 16, and a woman aged 41, were due to answer bail this month. 

Prosecutors said today, Friday, there is not enough evidence to continue with the case.

Gary Simpson, senior crown prosecutor with CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: “This is an extremely sad case involving the death of a young girl who had her life ahead of her.

“I’ve carefully considered the evidence gathered by Cheshire Police to establish whether or not criminal proceedings should be brought against anyone at the house at the time of the incident.

“Under the Code for Crown Prosecutors, to authorise a charge, I must be satisfied that there is enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction.

“Having conducted a full and careful review of this complex case, I’ve concluded that this test has not been met.

“I’ve therefore advised that no further action be taken unless any more evidence comes to light.

“I’ve contacted Ellie’s family and offered to meet with them to explain how I reached my decision.

“Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

Police say ‘detailed evidence’ was submitted to the CPS.

DI Matt Durcan, from Cheshire Police, said: “The investigation following the death of Ellie Jones has been highly complex, detailed and thorough spanning a period of six months.

“During that time a dedicated team of officers have followed up numerous lines of enquiry.

"This included taking a large number of witness statements, carrying out extensive enquiries with friends, family and associates of all those involved and numerous forensic enquiries.

"Ellie's parents have been updated throughout the investigative process.

“Following a full and thorough investigation a detailed file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service who has made the decision that no further action will be taken at this stage against the six people, who were arrested and on bail.

"Should further information come to light then this decision will be reviewed accordingly.

“This was a highly complex case for Cheshire Police and has been challenging for all those involved. We would like to express our sincere condolences to Ellie’s family.

"We appreciate that the past six months has been an extremely difficult time for them."

Former St Gregory’s High School pupil Ellie died at a house on Densham Avenue, Longford, on May 18 after experiencing breathing difficulties.

Toxicology tests revealed PMA in her system, a type of amphetamine sold as ecstasy under names like pink ecstasy and Dr Death.

It is not yet known if it was the cause of her death, with an inquest date yet to be set.

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