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Investigation into teenager's death

PUBLISHED: 11:11 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 07 July 2010

Police are investigating the death of a teenage girl who was found hanged in a house in Suffolk. The emergency services were called to Bury Road, Brandon, at around 11pm on Tuesday night after the alarm was raised about the 16 year old, who was unconscious and not breathing.

Police are investigating the death of a teenage girl who was found hanged in a house in west Suffolk.

The emergency services were called to Bury Road, Brandon, at around 11pm on Tuesday night after the alarm was raised about the 16-year-old girl, who was unconscious and not breathing.

The first to arrive was the East of England Ambulance Service, which dispatched a first responder to the scene followed by two separate ambulance crews.

But despite attempts to resuscitate the teenager, she was pronounced dead later at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after going into cardiac arrest.

It is understood the teenager had been housed in Suffolk by Essex County Council's fostering team and police have confirmed they are working with the local authority in piecing together the circumstances surrounding her death.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.06pm by the ambulance service which was treating a 16-year-old female at an address in Bury Road, Brandon. The female was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital where she died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious. Suffolk Constabulary will be carrying out further inquiries into this death with partner agencies.”

Essex County Council refused to confirm whether it had put the girl up for fostering.

A spokeswoman said: “We are currently working with the police and at this stage it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

The coroner's office has been informed of the girl's death and an inquest into her death is expected in due course.

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