Newtongrange mourns tragic teen Shellie

Friends of Shellie were among the mourners at Newtongrange Church on Sunday.
Friends of Shellie were among the mourners at Newtongrange Church on Sunday.

Three people have been charged with drug offences following the death of teenager Shellie Callaghan.

The 16-year-old, who died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday, may have had access to “ecstasy-type tablets” at a house party in Newtongrange.

Teenager Shellie Callaghan.

Teenager Shellie Callaghan.

After a shocked community gathered to release lanterns into the sky on Sunday night in memory of Shellie, the following morning police executed search warrants across Midlothian. Drugs and “associated paraphernalia” were found at properties in Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Easthouses.

A 42-year-old woman and two other females, aged 16 and 17, were expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Hundreds gathered in Newtongrange Church and Newtongrange Welfare Park for a lantern vigil in memory of Shellie on Sunday evening (see video).

Jason Ferry, chairman of Newtongrange Community Council, said: “I think it’s undoubted the spirit we have in this community and it was shown by how this community came together to offer support to the friends and family of Shellie.”

Ecstasy tablet Red Bugatti Veyron

Ecstasy tablet Red Bugatti Veyron

Reaction on social media was also extensive, through #smileforshellie on Twitter and also on Facebook.

Gillian Taylor-Bridges posted: “A young local girl passed away and tonight there is a big gathering of friends standing together in the park, in the dark, sending off lanterns and balloons to say goodbye.”

She added: “I think their solidarity and care for each other is incredibly moving. A community and generation to be proud of.”

Police issued a drugs warning just hours after Shellie’s death strongly urging people to avoid “red bugatti veyron and purple ninja turtle” tablets.

Community Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: “We are continuing our enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 16-year-old Shellie Callaghan at the weekend.

“Whether she had access to ecstasy-type tablets remains a line of inquiry we are following, and we continue to urge anyone who has taken such tablets to seek medical attention.

“Today (Monday) officers executed warrants across Midlothian in connection with her death and seized a quantity of drugs and associated paraphernalia.

“Drug dealing, their misuse and the criminality and anti-social behaviour that is associated with this is a priority for police in the Lothians and Scottish Borders.”

She added: “I would appeal to anyone with such information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on so that we can take action.”