THE PARENTS of a 14-year-old girl who died in a suspected drugs-related death on Wednesday have paid tribute to their ‘loving and caring’ daughter.
Police believe Bethany Devlin-McCrone died after taking controlled drugs, however a post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death.
Sean and Angela Devlin said their daughter’s death ‘will leave a gaping hole in everyone’s lives’.
Paramedics were called to an address in Greasby, Wirral, Merseyside at 1.45am on Wednesday following reports that a girl had collapsed.
Bethany was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of supplying or offering to supply an unspecified controlled drug.
An 18-year-old male from Tranmere was arrested later on Wednesday on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.
Following her death, Bethany’s parents Sean, 35, and Angela, 32, said their daughter had a ‘heart of gold’.
“We are heartbroken to have lost our princess Bethany at such a young age, under such tragic circumstances,” they said in a statement.
“Her death will leave a gaping hole in everyone’s lives.
“Bethany loved life and when she entered a room, you knew about it.
“She was so bubbly and cheeky, but extremely loving and caring too, and had a heart of gold. Her brothers adore her.
“Last year, as other people walked by, she saw an elderly woman fall over in Hoylake and kept her warm by taking off her own coat and wrapping her up in it, then waiting with her until the ambulance arrived.
“That was Bethany to a tee. She would give you her last Rolo.”
Bethany, who recently finished Year 9 at Hilbre High School, leaves behind three brothers – twins Charlie and Zac, five, and 13-month-old Joshua.
“Bethany died in such tragic circumstances and I would also like to express my gratitude to the people who tried to save her life,” added the statement.
“The paramedics and the police officers were amazing, and we’d also like to say thanks to our police Family Liaison Officer who is helping us through the most difficult time of our lives.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of family and friends and we thank everyone for their kind messages and thoughts at this sad time.”