Ecstasy deaths: Two bailed

Gary Ashton pictured here with his partner Catherine Fulton

Gary Ashton pictured here with his partner Catherine Fulton

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TWO people arrested after two men died from taking potentially contaminated drugs in Wigan have been bailed.

And officers revealed today that they have now made two more arrests while inquiring into the deaths of 19-year-old Jordan Chambers from Poolstock and 28-year-old Gary Ashton from Pemberton.

The pair were taken ill after taking brightly-coloured and heart-shaped Ecstasy pills. Jordan was transferred from Wigan Infirmary but died on Sunday at Oldham Hospital and Gary lost his fight for life at Wigan Infirmary on Monday.

Six other people presented themselves at the hospital fearing they took may suffer bad after-effects from the rogue batch but after tests were allowed home.

Post-mortem examinations are scheduled to take place on the two victims later this week.

Two men, aged 34 and 33, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in supplying a controlled drug were quizzed by detectives and have now been bailed until March 20 and 22 respectively.

Officers are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Now, as part of drug warrants relating to the incident, a 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and a 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing the same drug.

Both remain in police custody for questioning.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7149 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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