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Deadly warning over 'magic or pink champagne' ecstasy

Ecstasy warning after one men dead and four critically ill Credit: PA

Doctors in Oldham have repeated an urgent warning about the dangers of a drug that's left a man dead and four people fighting for their lives in hospital.

It's believed the substance was the crystal form of ecstasy known as MDMA. Detectives say anyone who has taken the drug - which may be known as 'magic' or 'pink champagne' should seek medical help.

Professor Matthew Makin, Medical Director for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says the risk is too high for people to ignore.

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Soldier's coastal challenge for PTSD awareness

Sam Doyle from Rossendale says there is not enough for support for people with PTSD. Credit: ITV News/Granada Reports

A former soldier from Rossendale, Lancashire, is walking the entire British mainland coastline to raise awareness of PTSD. Sam Doyle's struggled with the disorder since he served in Afghanistan. He says the walk will be therapeutic.

He will visit 283 towns as he travels clockwise around Britain. Sam, who also served with the French Foreign Legion, will be relying heavily on his army survival training to see him through the 7000 mile journey. He's expecting it to take him two years.

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Veteran soldier could have sight restored 76-years after injury

Rudy Hughes suffered an eye injury when he was 12-years-old. Credit: Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Seventy six years after Rudy Hughes lost the sight in his eye, there's hope the 89-year-old might see with it again.

After a freak childhood accident to one of his eyes, surgeons couldn't save the sight in it, but did manage to save the eye itself.

Rudy, from Moreton in Wirral, has been back to the Liverpool Eye Hospital to say a very special Thank You.

And he's even been told the hospital could give him some sight back in his damaged eye.

His remarkable story is taken up by Paul Crone:

Hospital's stroke care best in the country.

Fairfield Hospital, Bury Credit: itv

Fairfield General and Greater Manchester hospital stroke services are now best in England. The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme gave Fairfield, in Bury, an A rating (the highest available) for its programme of hospital care and specialist treatment. SSNAP rates stroke services and rated Fairfield General Hospital’s Stroke Unit, one of three specialist stroke units in Greater Manchester, as the best in England out of 228 units nationally. It was closely followed by Salford Royal, also a specialist stroke unit, in second place and Trafford General’s stroke unit fourth.

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