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Two more held over ecstasy-type drugs after club death

Mortal Kombat drug
Image caption "Mortal Kombat" tablets have been linked to a number of young people falling ill

Two more people have been arrested in connection with alleged drug offences as police continue to investigate the death of a teenager at a nightclub.

Regane MacColl, 17, died in the early hours of Sunday after attending The Arches venue in Glasgow. Her death has been linked to "Mortal Kombat" tablets.

Two men were arrested at The Arches on Sunday and two in Coatbridge on Monday.

On Wednesday, two men were held in Clydebank and Larkhall. No arrests are being linked to Ms MacColl's death.

Police have said that "Mortal Kombat" tablets may be linked to her death and separate incidents in Glasgow and Ayrshire where four other people became ill.

Tablets found

It has yet to be established how the teenager, who was from Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire, died. A post-mortem examination is due to be held this week.

On Wednesday, a 22-year-old man was arrested after police searched a property in Shiel Drive, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, and found tablets believed to be Ecstasy.

The same day, a second man, also aged 22, was held in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, over alleged drug offences.

Image caption Regane MacColl died after falling ill at The Arches nightclub in Glasgow

Another two men, aged 18 and 20, were arrested at The Arches in connection with alleged drugs offences in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Both have since appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Monday, after 200 "Mortal Kombat" tablets - believed to be ecstasy - were found at a house in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

The tablets, thought to be worth about £2,000, were found at the house in the town's Tantallon Drive.

The 19-year-old was due to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Drug concerns

In a separate operation on Monday, another 19-year-old man was arrested in Coatbridge after about 160 ecstasy tablets, worth about £1,600, were seized from a house in Drummore Avenue.

The man was later released on an undertaking to appear at a later date.

There are fears over the content of the "Mortal Kombat" tablets after four other young people were hospitalised after taking what was thought to be the same type of pill.

A 19-year-old woman received treatment in Glasgow and two 18-year-old men were hospitalised in Kilmarnock at the weekend.

One of the men was transferred to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride where he was in a serious but stable condition.

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