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Three 12-year-old girls in hospital after taking ecstasy

  • ITV News report by Juliet Bremner

Three 12-year-old girls are in hospital after taking "Teddy" ecstasy tablets in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Police were called to Salford Precinct on Saturday night after reports that a young girl was overdosing, and found two of her friends afterwards.

All three were taken to hospital and are now in a stable condition.

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of drugs and are being held for questioning, Greater Manchester Police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker said they would be investigating how the children obtained the drugs.

He said: "It is imperative young people understand the implications and avoid taking drugs, to stop any more young people ending up in hospital.

"We will continue to repeat our warnings in the hope that young people will think twice before taking drugs, after seeing the damage they cause to lives."

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Michaella McCollum released from Peruvian jail

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid (right) were jailed in 2013 Credit: Police handout

A Northern Irish woman jailed for drug smuggling in Peru has been released from prison, her solicitor has confirmed.

Michaella McCollum, from Co Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, from Scotland, were imprisoned in 2013 for six years and eight months after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from Peru to Spain.

Lawyers tried to get the women repatriated after complaining about horrendous prison conditions.

A judicial process will now determine what, if any, conditions are attached to McCollum's effective parole.

"I can confirm Michaella has been released from jail and I'm waiting to hear the outcome of the judicial process", Kevin Winters, her lawyer, said.

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