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Girl died hiding from fight in a takeaway

PUBLISHED: 12:45 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

A LOVELY teenage girl was killed and a boy was fighting for his life with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after they took refuge in a shop during a fight.

A 'LOVELY' teenage girl was killed and a boy was fighting for his life with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after they took refuge in a shop during a fight.

Chelsea Leigh Wright, 16, died and her friend Tom Hoyne, 17, was critically ill after they stayed at Erith Fried Chicken takeaway shop in Erith Road, Bexleyheath last Sunday night.

The owner, named in the area as Amin, fainted after he found the teenagers on Monday morning at approximately 11.20am.

He is believed to have let Mr Hoyne, who worked at the takeaway part-time, stay at the shop with Miss Wright to hide from a fight, handing them the keys.

Workers at Ed's café, which is two doors down from the takeaway, comforted the owner when he found the pair.

One, who did not want to be named, said: "He threatened to kill himself.

"He was trying to help Tom and he kept blaming himself.

"He kept saying 'if only I took him home'. He went from rolling his head, to bumbling, to not saying anything at all before fainting and being taken out of the café on a stretcher.

"It was not his fault. It was a freak accident.

"She was a lovely girl. She used to come in here often."

Police arrested the owner on Monday but released him on bail pending further enquiries.

Mr Hoyne was taken to Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in a critical condition and was later transferred to Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone.

At the time of going to press, he was believed to be making good progress and was breathing on his own.

Family and friends of Miss Wright have left floral tributes at the scene.

Police investigating her death are treating it as unexplained but not suspicious.

A post mortem was opened

on Tuesday at Princess

Royal Hospital, Farnborough and adjourned for

toxicology results.

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