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The BBC East Midlands Today's Sally Chidzoy
"A butane can was found near where Nikita died, evidence that other teenagers are risking their lives"
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Friday, 29 June, 2001, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Mother's warning after lighter fuel death
Nikita Nightingale
Nikita Nightingale collapsed on waste ground
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who died after inhaling lighter fumes has warned other children not to become the next victim of solvent abuse.

Teenager Nikita Nightingale died after inhaling butane gas while playing truant from her school in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Her mother, Sylvia Townsend said: "I want to warn other people of the dangers and the tragedy that sniffing substances can cause.

"Why she did it I can't imagine - but even at this early stage I don't want her death to be in vain.


Sylvia Townsend: tragedy of sniffing substances
Chief Inspector George Barr said a 24-year-old man has been reported for supplying an intoxicating substance to a person under the age of 18.

A police spokesman added Nikita and some of her friends bought lighter fuel from a shop while playing truant from Walton Community College, Peterborough.

The schoolgirl collapsed on waste ground near to the school.

Two girls and two boys she was with raised the alarm and she was taken to Peterborough District Hospital but died an hour later.

Experimentation

Ms Townsend said: "I don't know and probably never will know what Nikita was doing.

"I know that experimentation is part of growing up, but I want to warn parents and young people alike - don't let another young person die.

"If another child is thinking of experimenting I would urge them to please think carefully about what they are doing. You do not know the harm it will cause you. Just look at what it did to Nikita.

"I hope that if anything Nikita's death will have shocked her friends and young people enough to stop them ever thinking about doing this."

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