Four arrested for drugs offences after 21-year-old woman found dead in Hackney flat

A 21-year-old woman has been found dead in her flat in Upper Clapton in Hackney.

The body of Louise Cattell, a fashion merchandiser and  DJ, was found in her flat by friends on March 2. It is thought she drowned in the bath.

Police and ambulance crew were not able to resuscitate her and she was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem held at Poplar mortuary revealed that she died from vomiting and drowning. Further toxicology tests have been ordered to determine if she had used any drugs.

Katy Loveday, office manager at INCA Productions, who knew Cattell through work, said: “It is so, so sad. I can’t believe it. She was such fun to be around and was so interesting. It was hard to believe she was only 21.

“She was such a hard worker and loved what she did. She ran loads of events for us, such as London Fashion Week. She was always running around backstage doing all that she could to help the show run smoothly.”

Cattell, who attended the same private girls school in London as Sienna Miller and Jemima Khan, in 2008 started working as a production assistant at INCA Productions where she helped organise a number of fashion events. She also worked for New Look clothing chain, where she started as sales assistant but soon progressed to a visual merchandiser role. She was also a self-employed DJ.

Four people, who are believed to have been in Cattell’s flat before she died, have been arrested. A 22-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply and three men in their 20s on suspicion of possession of ketamine.

All have been released on bail, pending further questioning on April 11. Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Tributes have been paid on her internet profiles. Her friend Rhiannon said: “Bloody hell, I can’t quite believe it. I don’t really know why I’m writing this here anyway, but we hadn’t seen each other in years and I decided to email you out of the blue on Mon, and then this. School seems so long ago now, but I always expected great things of you. You had such attitude! R.I.P. little dudette…”

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