Woman who died after taking MDMA on night out was young mother-of-two, neighbours say

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A woman who died after taking MDMA on a night out was a young mother, neighbours said.

The 22-year-old was apparently taken ill at her flat in West Norwood after a night out with friends.

She was one of three Vietnamese nationals left fighting for their lives last week after taking ecstasy in Lambeth, prompting the Metropolitan Police to issue a warning about the drug.

The woman, who is yet to be named, was found “seriously unwell” at her flat in Knight’s Hill shortly before 11am on bank holiday Monday, the force said. She was taken to King’s College Hospital in Camberwell, where she was pronounced dead.

A 17-year-old man, also a Vietnamese national, became seriously ill after taking MDMA at Electric nightclub in Brixton (file photo) (Google)

Detectives established she had taken drugs with friends, also from Vietnam, during a night out in which she went to Crystals nightclub in New Cross.

Another member of the group, a man in his twenties, also fell ill. He was in a critical condition but recovered and has since been discharged from hospital. 

In the third case a 17-year-old boy, also a Vietnamese national, was taken ill at the Electric Brixton nightclub at 5am on Sunday. 

The teenager is thought to have taken MDMA at the venue and was still in hospital today. Police warned people, particularly in the Vietnamese and south-east Asian community, to take “great care” about buying MDMA.

Police analysed a small number of tablets seized from the woman’s flat and found them to contain MDMA and ketamine. The pills were orange and rectangular and had no distinctive markings.

Thomas Stevens, 42, who lives in the flat above, said the woman and her partner had a toddler son and “newborn” baby, and had lived in the flat for nine months.

Her next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination was due to be held today.


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