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Police warning to parents over pink ecstasy tablets

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A warning has been issued to parents over fears pink ecstasy tablets are being dealt to children.

Police say the pills, dubbed ‘Route 66’ because they are shaped like the iconic Route 66 sign, were seized from a teenage boy in Winstanley, Wigan. After the drugs were recovered, a 16-year-old boy was arrested by police on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

He has since been released under investigation.

Officers were first called to Winstanley Precinct at around 8.30pm on Saturday night to reports of anti-social behaviour involving a large group of youths.

PC Paul Turnbull, who covers the Winstanley area, said teenagers often hang around the area, and that police are aware drug dealing does take place.

The officer said it is worrying to see substances like these on the streets. He said:

They can be a mix of all sorts and can be fatal. You don’t know what is in them and you can’t predict the effects.

– PC Paul Turnbull

Parents are now being urged to be aware of the effects of drug use, and know where their children are.

Residents are also asked to stay vigilant, and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to police.

GMP Wigan West, which covers the Winstaley area, posted a warning on Facebook.

It read:

On Saturday night, police were called to reports of anti-social behaviour at Winstanley Precinct.

On arrival, a large number of approximately 30 youths dispersed, a 16-year-old youth was detained and arrested at that time for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

– GMP Wigan West

Officers said they found ‘what is believed to be cocaine and pink coloured ecstasy tablets embossed with ‘Route 66’’.

They added:

Enquiries are still ongoing but police are concerned that a number of these youths may have been supplied drugs.

Parents are warned to be vigilant to the whereabouts of their children and to look out for the signs of drug use.

– GMP Wigan West