Killer drug warning for revellers

Hardwell is due to perform at the marathon rave at Ingliston on Saturday. Picture: Getty

Hardwell is due to perform at the marathon rave at Ingliston on Saturday. Picture: Getty

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HEALTH chiefs have warned revellers attending a weekend rave to be on their guard against killer Ecstasy tablets linked to the death of a Glasgow teenager.

World renowned DJ Hardwell is set to entertain 7500 fans during the event at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston on Saturday.

The marathon rave, which will run from 7pm to 4am, has sparked fears that the Mortal Kombat pills linked to the tragic death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl may be put in circulation.

Police today pledged to carry out searches of anyone attending the event to look for drugs and stop underage teens getting in.

Officers said no Mortal Kombat pills, with their distinctive red colour and dragon logo, have so far been seized in the Capital.

But Jim Sherval, specialist in public health at NHS Lothian, said: “You can’t tell what’s in a drug just by looking at it. The safest thing is not to take it but if you do use in a rave or dance setting, make sure you stay hydrated and don’t get too hot.

“Above all, if you or one of your friends start to feel poorly ask for help immediately or call 999.”

The sold-out event at Ingliston comes after Regane died in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is believed the schoolgirl took the drug at The Arches nightclub and died in hospital after falling ill.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh will have proportionate resources in place to maintain public order and deal with any issues that may arise during the music event at the Royal Highland Centre on Saturday.

“Those attending the event may be subject to a search prior to entry as part of Police Scotland’s commitment to keeping people safe.”

Rave organiser Alda Events could not be reached for comment on planned security 
precautions.

Three men and one woman were taken to hospital in separate incidents in Glasgow and Ayrshire last weekend, fuelling fears over the killer ecstasy.

A 19-year-old woman, who was also at The Arches on Saturday night, was hospitalised after taking the pills. She was later released from Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Three men – two aged 18 and another aged 26 – were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock after taking the drug in Ayrshire. All three are still being treated in hospital. One 18-year-old was transferred to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride and was in a serious but stable condition.

Tests are being carried out to find out exactly what the drug contains, but experts believe the results may take some time.

An 18-year-old man was arrested the same night as Regane’s death for possession and intent to supply the drug.

In another incident, police seized 360 Mortal Kombat tablets from two homes, both in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, which were estimated to be worth around £3600.

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