REGIONAL: Man dies after taking home-made Ecstasy

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man has died in South Shields after taking what is believed to be a home-made Ecstasy tablet.

Police were called at 2.20pm yesterday by the ambulance service after a man was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital.

He subsequently died, and it is believed he had taken illegal drugs.

The tablet was a pale green colour, and anyone else who believes they have taken a tablet from the same batch is urged to seek medical assistance immediately.

Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “These tablets are potentially very dangerous, and anyone thinking of taking any drug, particularly one similar to this, should not.

“If anyone thinks they have taken this drug, they should seek immediate medical attention.”

South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney has also expressed his concerns for members of the public taking any similar tablets.

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