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Teen in hospital after taking contaminated MDMA at party

Police are warning about the dangers of taking contaminated drugs after a teenager collapsed in Oldham.

Officers were called to a house on Ivygreen Drive in Oldham in the early hours of Sunday morning after reports an 18-year-old man had collapsed.

Police say he had consumed MDMA while at a party and suffered a reaction that caused him to collapse and fit.

He is being treated in hospital and remains on the High Dependency Unit.

Police believe the drugs he may have been ingested were contaminated.

Detective Sergeant Rick Arthern said:

"Taking drugs is risky enough, but when you factor in that we believe this may be a contaminated or 'bad batch' of homemade MDMA then that risk goes up still further so my message would be quite simple: don't do it. It’s not worth playing Russian roulette with your own life."

– Detective Sergeant Rick Arthern


Press conference expected later over rumours Ched Evans may join Oldham Athletic

A press conference is expected to take place later over the potential signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Oldham Athletic.

The striker has been without a club since he left prison in October. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Oldham to refuse to sign him. The club are yet to make any formal announcement.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has always taken the stance that Evans deserved the chance to resume his career following his release from prison.

It is due to hold a press conference on Monday concerning the player.

Hairdressers make charity Band Aid cover

The staff at Jo Ferns Salons in Lydgate near Oldham decided to make the cover of the Band Aid 30 charity single to help raise money for ebola victims and their families.

We love the Band Aid video but we wanted to show that celebrities aren't the only people that care. We're a really close-knit company and the staff always go that extra mile for people. So we came up with the idea of the video to raise money for the Ebola virus crisis.

– Jo Ferns, Salon owner


School's tribute to 11-year-old boy who died after suspected asthma attack

Eleven-year-old Kyle collapsed near his home. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolboy who died from a suspected asthma attack after heading out to play football with his friends.

Eleven-year-old Kyle Hall collapsed near his home in Hardman Street, Chadderton and later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

It is believed that the Manchester United fan, a former pupil at Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton who started at Newman College in September, had suffered a massive asthma attack.

A special assembly attended by 400 guests, including his friends and family, was held for Kyle at Corpus Christi on Monday.

Kyle was a hard working, well mannered and honest boy who was a friend to everyone. He always put other people before himself and set a brilliant example to the younger children in school.

“His respect for adults and those around him was exceptional. Always willing to help out where needed, Kyle was a total asset to Corpus Christi and no doubt continued to be one at Newman College.

"Teachers and other adults in school speak with high regard for Kyle, they found him a delight to teach, a boy who lived to do the very best he could in everything he did.”

– Chris Hanson, headteacher of Corpus Christi RC Primary School.

Corrie's Ashley stars in new play to breathe life into quiet city centre premises in Oldham

Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock Coronation Street) Credit: PA

The actor who used to play Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street is starring a new play which it's hoped could breathe new life into Oldham Town Centre. It's called Thick as Thieves and opens in an empty shop that used to sell prams. It's part of a project which is aimed at bringing new businesses and consumers back into the town.

Mark Whiteley’s comedy is about two career criminals Steven Arnold who plays Steph ‘the Earl’ Aston, the hard and organised burglar with ambitions of building his own crew in the North West and another Coronation Street favourite, Jonny Dixon, who plays ‘nice but dim’ Barry Ireland. His character has a girlfriend, two kids and a maisonette to support and is struggling to go straight after leaving prison. When the pair decide to turn their hands to housebreaking it has hilarious consequences as they discover a life of crime isn't all it's cracked up to be. It takes place in an ex pram shop in Mumps (renamed ReTale for the show). It only has 45 seats a night and opens on September 23.

It is part of Oldham Council’s ‘Independent Quarter Project’ which aims to bring both businesses and consumers back to the High Street. The company behind it Hard Graft is committed to producing work in unique and unusual venues as a means to excite and engage new theatre audiences.

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