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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.



Three more taken ill at music festival after teen dies

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival. Credit: PA

Three more people have become seriously ill after being sold rogue drugs at a music festival, just a day after a teenager died.

Christian Pay, 18, died following "substance abuse" at Kendal Calling music festival in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Since his death seven people have been treated in hospital, including a 29-year-old man who remains in a critical state and four people who are in "serious but stable" conditions.

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival because of the safety risks. . Four people arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply have been released on bail.

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