Police warning over new ecstasy

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Police last night warned of a new type of the rave drug ecstasy as a teenage boy remained seriously ill in hospital.

Andrew Woodlock, 13, of New Stevenston, Lanarkshire, is said to still be in a "critical" condition. Two other youngsters were also taken to Monklands District General Hospital for treatment, and have since been discharged. A 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and 19-year-old Steven MacFarlane, of Holytown, Lanarkshire, appeared on petition at Hamilton Sheriff Court yesterday in connection with the incident.

Strathclyde Police have described the new variant of the drug, which has been discovered in the Lanarkshire area, and say the tablets are diamond shaped, off-white in colour and have a small line through the centre. Superintendent Iain Gordon said: "If offered tablets, please remember that you have no way of knowing where the tablet originated from, or what is contained in it."