Boy held after girl ‘ecstasy’ scare

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A 16-year-old schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of selling ecstasy to a younger pupil.

The girl, a Year 8 student at an unnamed south Manchester school, fell ill yesterday after taking a tablet which was thought to be MDMA.

Police said the girl did not suffer any serious or lasting effects but believe other schoolchildren may be susceptible to similar approaches.

Inspector Luke Breakspear, from the Wythenshawe Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are working very closely with schools in the area – and in turn local parents and pupils – to make them aware of this incident, which we believe could be part of a wider problem.

“We believe MDMA tablets are changing hands for relatively small amounts of cash and some of these are finding their way into the hands of young teenage children.

“We don’t know how they are being marketed or sold, so the children may not even be aware exactly what they are buying, but by taking these they are undoubtedly risking their health.

“I want to reassure parents that we are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“If anyone has any information that may help us I would encourage them to get in touch.

“Additionally, I think it is really important for parents to sit down with their children and have some frank discussions about the dangers of drugs.”

The 16-year-old held on suspicion of drugs offences has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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