Takeaway workers arrested after girl died of severe allergic reaction
Two takeaway restaurant workers have been arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of Megan Lee, 15, who suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating a takeaway meal.
Megan who was believed to have a nut allergy was rushed to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died two days later after eaten food from an Indian takeaway in Hyndburn before suffering the apparent allergic reaction.
Police confirmed that the takeaway concerned, Royal Spice in Oswaldtwistle, has shut down while the investigation is completed.
A post-mortem examination has taken place, but full results as to the cause of death are still not fully known.
“We are working closely in liaison with colleagues from trading standards and environmental health as part of our inquiries into Megan’s death. Her family are being kept fully updated with the progress of the investigation.”
“Our thoughts remain with the family of the girl at this extremely sad and difficult time. ”
Megan’s parents, Adam and Gemma Lee, had described their daughter as a “role model”, “inspiration” and “princess”.
They said: “Our hearts are shattered at the sudden loss of our beautiful daughter”, adding: “She immediately touched the hearts of everyone she ever met.”
The keen actress was a member of the ReAct Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in Oswaldtwistle and starred in many of its shows including a role in its production of Les Miserables. It is believed she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her parents.
At the weekend Mr Lee – who coaches youngsters at Huncoat Football Club posted a message on Facebook saying: “Sometimes Football gets bad press and rightly so at the top of the game.
“At grassroots level, I cannot be prouder after this weekend…the love, support and togetherness you have all shown to our Family has been phenomenal.
“Thank you to every player, coach, official and parent from across the borough for paying your respects to our Angel Megan, especially to Huncoat United Junior FC.”
Richard Jones, headmaster at the 1,236 pupil St Christopher’s Church of England High School where Megan was due to sit her GCSEs also paid tribute to the youngster.
He said: “As a school community, governors, staff and pupils, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the Lee family at this difficult and testing time.
Megan was a most wonderful young lady who brought a smile to the face of everyone that she met.
“She was the epitome of a St Christopher’s pupil, bright, articulate, thoughtful and caring, and full of so much potential. We miss her terribly and will continue to in the days, months and years to come.”