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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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Image of shot boy released in bid to trace gunmen

The family of a seven-year-old boy shot on the doorstep of his Salford home have released a picture of him in his hospital bed in the hope of getting more help from the public.

Christian Hickey and his mother Jayne, 29, were both shot on Monday evening in Salford after answering the door to two men.

Police have linked the attack to a gangland feud.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:

Women of Salford 'hold key to resolving violence'

Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said the women of Salford "hold the key" to resolving the violence that resulted in the shooting of a mother and her seven-year-old son on their doorstep.

Speaking about those responsible for the attack, she said: "In my view they have no regard for human life. They've clearly demonstrated this in the way that they have shot a woman and a seven-year-old child on their own doorstep. They are dangerous people.

"The community will know who these people are and they will know where the guns are. They need to come and tell us about it."

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Seven-year-old Salford victim to undergo more surgery

A seven-year-old old boy shot in a suspected gangland feud will undergo further surgery later.

Gillingham Road in Salford where the shootings took place. Credit: PA

Christian Hickey was blasted with his mother Jayne, who was shot twice in the leg, in the doorway of their home in Salford on Monday.

Two men reportedly knocked asking for the boy's father, then one opened fire after a brief exchange of words.

Police said Christian has already had emergency surgery to remove a bullet from his leg but will have more treatment today.

It is thought the shooting may be linked to the murder of security boss Paul 'Mr Big' Massey in July.

Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe of Greater Manchester Police, said: "A seven-year-old boy has been shot and we cannot allow any more children to get caught in the middle of this violent feud.

"Be brave, break your silence, and help us to catch the gunmen and stop the shootings."

Anyone with information should call the dedicated hotline on 0161 856 9775, police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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