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Teen taken ill after taking possible 'Mortal Kombat' pill

A 16-year-old boy is said to be in a serious condition in intensive care after taking what may have been a 'Mortal Kombat' ecstasy pill, police said.

Tests are also being carried out on a 17-year-old boy after both teens became ill following a house party in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, yesterday.

A 16-year-old boy remains in intensive care after apparently taking illegal drugs, police said. Credit: Police Scotland

The pair were taken Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie at about 11.30pm having apparently taken illegal drugs.

Police Scotland say they believe the drugs included ecstasy and "possibly" a Mortal Kombat tablet.

Warnings issued about the red pills following the death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl last month have been renewed.

A NHS Lanarkshire spokeswoman said: "Anyone who has taken ecstasy - particularly the one described as 'Mortal Kombat', and who is feeling unwell, or who knows someone who has taken this type of drug in the past few hours, should attend or contact their local hospital for treatment and advice."

Police 'deeply concerned' for missing Mikaeel

Police say that there are "deeply concerned" about Mikaeel Kular but stressed that it remains a missing person inquiry. Mikaeel has not been seen for 40 hours since he was put to bed on Wednesday night.

Police said they have checked CCTV from the local area but that nothing significant has been found so far and are following many lines of inquiry.

More than 150 calls have been made to the hotline for those with information.

The number is 0300 200 0200.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read more: Latest updates on the search

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Police thank community for 'fantastic' public response

Police in Edinburgh have hailed the "fantastic" response from the public and urged anyone with information about Mikaeel Kular to contact them.

Supt McAinsh advised locals who want to join the search for three-year-old to dress warmly:

"We recognise that the local community is eager to help and we really appreciate their support. Those who are keen to become involved in the search should attend the North Neighbourhood Centre in West Pilton Gardens at 10am where they will be briefed by my colleagues.

"It is a cold January day, so please wear warm clothing and sturdy boots or footwear."

Read more: Police release more details on toddler's appearance

Police update on search for missing Mikaeel at 7.30am

The image shows Mikaeel in the jacket he was believed to be wearing when he disappeared.
The image shows Mikaeel in the jacket he was believed to be wearing when he disappeared.

Police are to give a press conference at 7.30am to update on the search for Mikaeel Kular.

The three-year-old was discovered missing from his bed by his mother yesterday morning.

Emergency services searched late in to the night, using specialist search dogs.

Mikaeel was believed to be wearing a beige hooded jacket, brown shoes and nightwear when he disappeared.

Read more: Latest updates on the search

Police appeal to witnesses of overturned lorry

Enquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances surrounding this incident and any motorists who were on the road at the time and can assist Road Policing Officers with their investigation is asked to come forward immediately.

During the ongoing severeweather, motorists, particularly those driving high-sided vehicles, are advisednot to travel and delay any journeys until conditions improve.

– police scotland statement

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No criminal investigation into Falkirk allegations

Police Scotland will not launch a criminal investigation into allegations of vote rigging over selecting Labour's parliamentary candidate in Falkirk.

In a statement, Police Scotland said:

Following a comprehensive review of all material submitted, Police Scotland has concluded there are insufficient grounds to support a criminal investigation at this time.

However, should further information come to light this will be looked into.

Reports suggest Unite, the biggest trade union, [attempted to influence the Falkirk Labour party with its members to ensure that its preferred candidate was chosen to fight the election]((http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-07-04/tom-watson-quits-election-role).

The union has always denied the allegations.

Police: Plane was diverted due to suspicious note

Police have confirmed that a plane was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport because a suspicious note was found on the plane. A spokeswoman said:

At around 1420 hours today an Egyptair aircraft flying from Cairo to New York was diverted to Prestwick Airport after a suspicious note was discovered on the aircraft.

There are no reports of anyone injured and police are currently making arrangements for the 326 passengers to disembark.

All passengers will then be interviewed by police.

– POLICE SCOTLAND STATEMENT

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