Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Law student, 18, dies 'after taking lethal batch of ketamine'

Law student, 18, full of ‘dreams and inspirations’ collapses and dies ‘after taking ketamine’ as police probe possible link to second drug death

  • Police believe law student Megan Pollitt may have taken lethal batch of Ketamine
  • Megan, 18, had moved to Cardiff, from home in Rugby, to study law at university
  • Family said she was ‘full of dreams’ with ‘beautiful smile’ who loved the outdoors
  • South Wales Police are still working to determine whether the 18-year-old’s death is linked to the death of a 25-year-old man named Rhys Trezise on Sunday 

An 18-year-old full of ‘dreams and aspirations’ has died after collapsing at her university halls of residence due to a suspected rogue batch of a party drug.

Law student Megan Pollitt – who had with a ‘beautiful bright smile’ – moved 140 miles from home to start her new life at Cardiff University

But she tragically collapsed at her halls of residence in the early hours of Saturday, November 14, and died in hospital on Monday.

South Wales Police believe Megan, known as Meg, may have taken a lethal batch of the party drug Ketamine.

The force said that while there is nothing to suggest any links, they are also still investigating whether there are any connections to the death of a 25-year-old man in Cardiff last Sunday. 

Law student Megan Pollitt (pictured) collapsed at her halls of residence in Cardiff and was rushed to hospital but sadly died days later. Police believe she may have taken lethal batch of Ketamine prior to her death and are investigating links to the death of a 25-year-old man

The teenager was found collapsed by flatmates at the halls of residence in Cardiff (pictured)

Police believe Megan, known as Meg, may have taken a lethal batch of the party drug Ketamine.

Her devastated family, of Rugby, Warwickshire, has now paid tribute to the teenager.

In a statement, they said: ‘Meg dedicated her time to everyone around her and was always there for others.

‘She had recently started studying law in Cardiff and was full of dreams and aspirations.

‘Having moved away Meg still enjoyed close contact with family and friends, sharing stories and laughter through visits and calls.

‘We will miss her beautiful bright smile and positive energy that would lift the spirits of anyone.

‘Meg loved the outdoor space, particularly hiking with her Dad and her dog. She had recently climbed Snowdon and reached the summit.

‘Meg also loved reading the classics, watching Anime and listening to music as well as supporting the Wasps rugby team.

‘Meg will be missed and forever loved by her Mum and Dad, sister, grandparents and friends.’

Officers are interviewing fellow Cardiff University students to trace her movements on Friday night.

Megan’s family, from Rugby, Warwickshire, said Meg was ‘full of dreams and aspirations’ with a ‘beautiful bright smile’. They added that she loved the outdoors and going hiking with her dad

And detectives are investigating whether Meg’s collapse in the early hours of Saturday is linked to that of a 25-year-old man who died on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said officers were called to Tongwynlais, Cardiff, at around 12.15am on Sunday after Rhys Trezise, 25, fell ill.

The spokeswoman said: ‘There is nothing at this stage to suggest they are connected but detectives are keeping an open mind and investigating the possibility that the drug Ketamine might be a factor.’

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Moore, added: ‘Two families have been left devastated by these tragic events over the weekend and they are being supported by officers as we continue with our enquiries.

‘SWP detectives are working hard to establish the exact circumstances and would appeal for anyone with information to please contact us.’

Eight people have since been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs and one, Richard Rees, 31, has been charged in the supply of cocaine, possession with intent to supply cocaine, and possession of cannabis.

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