Drugs warning after young woman's death

A DEVASTATED family have paid tribute to a kind-hearted young woman who became trapped in a world of drugs which eventually claimed her life.The body of Bridget Waugh, 21, from Priors Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, was found on Tuesday morning in secluded copse just yards from the town's West Suffolk College.

A DEVASTATED family have paid tribute to a kind-hearted young woman who became trapped in a world of drugs which eventually claimed her life.

The body of Bridget Waugh, 21, from Priors Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, was found on Tuesday morning in secluded copse just yards from the town's West Suffolk College.

Her family last night spoke candidly about Bridget's constant battle against drugs, which started when she was a schoolgirl, and hoped other families would learn from the tragedy.

Choking back the tears, her grandmother Bridie said: "It is a terrible thing to happen to someone so young. She just got in with the wrong crowd and I hope others will learn from this. I have just been crying for two days."


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Miss Waugh was discovered at about 10.30am by a man walking his dog in a wooded area alongside the main car park at West Suffolk College in Out Risbygate.

Speaking following the tragedy, the 21-year-old's uncle, Andrew Lawlor , known as Sonny, said he believed drugs killed his niece - although police have yet to confirm a cause of death.

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Mr Lawlor said: "It was a dreadful shock, although we knew she was into drugs and was mixing with the wrong people.

"I am confident it was drugs which killed Bridget and although we did try and help her, there was nothing we could do.

"Getting into the habit can happen so quickly and it can cause so much harm - we would warn other families to look out for the signs."

Mr Lawlor said his niece, who was unemployed, had become embroiled in drugs while she was a student at St Benedict's Upper School, and was never able to break the habit.

He said she was deeply affected when her aunt died two years ago while her mother, Mary, had also been in hospital for the last few months.

"She was a really nice and kind hearted person, but she just got in with the wrong people when she was a young girl," Mr Lawlor said. "She would come off drugs for a while but then she would keep going back to them."

The family last saw Miss Waugh on Sunday when she visited their home in Grove Road for dinner and Mr Lawlor said she seemed quite well.

Miss Waugh, who lived in Bury all her life and was educated in the town, also leaves behind an older brother Jon , 22, and Mr Lawlor said the sibling had been deeply affected by the sudden death.

Police investigating the incident are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, but confirmed they were looking into the possibility that Miss Waugh's death was drug-related.

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