Teenagers questioned over death of girl who collapsed after fight

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Four teenagers were questioned by police yesterday over the death of a 15-year-old girl who collapsed after a fight.

Aimee Wellock was discovered in a field close to her home in the Allerton area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday night. The four teenagers, a 15-year-old boy and three girls aged 15, 17 and 19, were arrested yesterday morning.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said it appeared Aimee had been involved in an altercation between two groups of youths on open ground, popular with teenagers and dog walkers, adjacent to the street where she lived.

Witnesses said that a few minutes after the row Aimee walked a short distance from the group and collapsed. She was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where she was pronounced dead at almost an hour-and a half later at 9.45pm.

Although a post-mortem examination has so far failed to establish the exact cause of death, tests have shown that Aimee may have been suffering from a serious medical condition related to her heart. Further tests are being carried out to establish whether Aimee may have died as the result of a heart attack.

Police said there was no suggestion that she had been struck by a quad bike, contrary to earlier reports.

In a statement released through police, Aimee's parents and her brother James, 19, said: "We are feeling absolutely devastated and at a complete loss. Aimee was a typical teenager, full of life and vitality. She loved dancing and had attended dance classes since she was eight years old."

Neighbours described Aimee as "bubbly and friendly". She was due to start studying for her GCSEs in September.

Dr Tony Rickwood, headteacher of Parkside School, Cullingworth, said: "Aimee will be very much missed by the students and staff and all of us wish to offer our deepest sympathy to Aimee's family. The school will hold a special assembly, with performances and readings from the students, to express our feelings of sadness, but also pay our respects to Aimee in a way she would have enjoyed."