Two deaths linked to contaminated ecstasy pills

Contaminated ecstasy tablets could be behind the deaths of two people in two days, police have warned.

File photo of ecstasy tablets. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Greater Manchester Police said it is investigating whether a batch of the illegal drugs circulating in the area could have led to the deaths of the two "apparently fit young men" and several others being taken to hospital.

Gareth Ashton, aged 28, died at Wigan Infirmary yesterday, police said, while Manchester Evening News reported that Jordan Chambers, 19, died at Oldham Hospital on Sunday.

Both were admitted to hospital after complaining of feeling unwell and suffered the same symptoms. Toxicology tests are due to take place to establish their cause of death.