South Yorkshire teen took her own life

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A South Yorkshire teenager took her own life while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, an inquest heard.

Alice Aspinall, of Norman Street, Thurnscoe, was found hanged by a garden gate on May 17.

The 18-year-old had moved out of her mother’s home and had been staying at her friend Carly Williamson’s house on York Street when the tragedy happened.

In a statement read out at Sheffield Coroner’s Court, Carly said: “A girl I have known for seven months had fallen out with her mother so I offered her my spare room.

“She drank every day and often took drugs as well. She had a lot of men staying with her and on that Saturday I had had enough.”

Alice, who was unemployed, was said by a witness at the house to have been a ‘seven or eight’ on a scale of one to ten of how drunk she was.

She left the house on York Street with her sister, Billie-Jo, aged 15 at about dinner time. After that, it is thought the sisters had an argument.

The girls separated and Thomas Murray, a student passing by, spotted Alice next at about 10.20pm.

Thomas said in a statement: “I heard what sounded like crying. I looked into a patch of wasteland on Grange Crescent and I could see Alice was crying.”

At 11.05pm, another passer-by found Alice’s body next to a 5ft-high wrought iron garden gate on Roman Street.

The inquest heard that alcohol, illicit stimulants and antidepressants were found in her system, and that Alice had been referred to mental health services before her death but the service was unable to make contact with her despite a number of attempts.

Coroner Louise Slater recorded a verdict that she took her own life.