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Suspects in teen curry death bailed

Katie Coyne11/01/2017 - 16:26

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Megan Lee suffered an allergic reaction
Megan Lee suffered an allergic reaction

Two men who were arrested after the death of a 15-year-old girl who suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating a takeaway curry, have been bailed.

Megan Lee from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was rushed to hospital on 30 December but died on New Year’s Day. It is thought that the teenager had a nut allergy.

The two men were held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence by Lancashire Police. One of the men is 37 and from Rossendale in Lancashire, the other 38 and from Blackburn.

The takeaway that Miss Lee ate was from the Royal Spice, on Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, which has closed until investigations are complete.

Lancashire Police said they are continuing to work closely in liaison with colleagues from Trading Standards and Environmental Health as part of their inquiries.

They added that while a post mortem examination has taken place to establish the cause of Miss Lee’s death, the full results are not yet known.

Miss Lee’s parents described their daughter as a ‘role model’, ‘inspiration’ and ‘princess’. They said: ‘Our hearts are shattered at the sudden loss of our beautiful daughter’, adding: ‘She immediately touched the hearts of everyone she ever met.’

Headmaster at Miss Lee’s school, Richard Jones described the teen as ‘a most wonderful young lady who brought a smile to the face of everyone that she met.

‘She was the epitome of a St Christopher's pupil, bright, articulate, thoughtful and caring, and full of so much potential. We miss her terribly and will continue to in the days, months and years to come.’

Earlier this year, restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman, owner of the Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. This followed the death of a man who went into anaphylactic shock after eating a curry at one of Mr Zaman’s restaurants.

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