Liverpool ecstasy death link investigated

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The death of a man in Liverpool is not yet being linked with other fatalities which could have been caused by contaminated ecstasy, say police.

The 26-year-old collapsed at a guesthouse in Tuebrook early on Sunday and died later in hospital. He is believed to have taken the drug.

The results of toxicology tests are awaited in this case and two others.

Greater Manchester Police is investigating two possible ecstasy-related deaths.

Merseyside Police said the 26-year-old was not from the area, but he has not been named.

Det Sup Tim Keelan said: "This death follows a number of possible ecstasy-related fatalities around the country and while it is too early to link this tragedy with other incidents, Merseyside Police take this opportunity to warn people of the dangers of using illegal substances."

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Greater Manchester Police say a batch of contaminated ecstasy may be behind the deaths of two men and that other people have been admitted to hospital.

Toxicology tests are being conducted on a man aged 19 who died at the Royal Oldham Hospital on Sunday and a 28-year-old who died at Wigan Infirmary on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police are worried more deaths may occur from taking contaminated ecstasy and they urged anyone who becomes ill to seek medical help.

The contaminated drugs are believed to be heart-shaped tablets coloured purple, green, yellow and blue.

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