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Warning as deadly blue ‘Punisher’ and ‘Duracell’ ecstasy pills found at Manchester’s Parklife Festival

The pills contain more than 300mg of MDMA making the them three times as potent as a regular ecstasy tablet

DEADLY drugs like blue ‘Punisher’ and grey ‘Duracell’ pills have been discovered at Manchester’s Parklife Festival.

The substances were confiscated at the Heaton Park festival yesterday by drug awareness charity The Loop, which claims to have uncovered dozens of similar pills during routine searches.

 Diamond-shaped blue 'Punisher' pills were tested positive for 300mg of MDMA - three times more potent than ecstasy
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Diamond-shaped blue 'Punisher' pills were tested positive for 300mg of MDMA - three times more potent than ecstasy

The annual Parklife festival attracts around 75,000 young people for a weekend of music from the likes of Eric Prydz, the XX, Liam Gallagher, N.E.R.D and Lorde.

Festival organisers tweeted images of the blue triangular ‘Punisher’ ecstasy tablets on Saturday afternoon.

Dozens of blue pills, which have a skull face from the Marvel film ‘The Punisher’ embossed on them, were found in the ‘confiscation box’.

Tests were immediately carried out on the substances confirming they contained 300mg of MDMA – the active ingredient in ecstasy.

‘Punisher’ pills are three times more potent than a standard ecstasy tablet.

 Later in the day, organisers found grey 'Duracell' tablets - two and a half times stronger than a normal ecstasy tablet
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Later in the day, organisers found grey 'Duracell' tablets - two and a half times stronger than a normal ecstasy tablet

Drug awareness charity The Loop, who are backstage at the Heaton Park festival testing confiscated substances, said it had ‘identified and test’ multiple similar pills on Saturday.

They wrote on Twitter: “Multiple blue Punisher pills in circulation today @Parklifefest - v.high dosage MDMA c. 300mg - 3x average adult dose.

“Take care, rave safe and seek medical help if unwell. Start with quarter and regularly sip water. #TimeToTest.”

Just hours later, festival organisers confirmed they had found multiple grey ‘Duracell’ pills, labelling them as “highly dangerous.”

These tablets contain around 250mg of MDMA making them two and a half times more potent than ecstasy.

 The Parklife Festival is held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester
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The Parklife Festival is held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Parklife organisers had issued a warning to revellers last month about the potentially lethal pills following the deaths of two festival-goers over the May bank holiday.

Georgia Jones, 18, and 20-year-old Tommy Cowan both collapsed at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth after falling ill just 20 minutes apart.

Their families have since confirmed their deaths were drug related.

Partygoers made the most of the good weather in Manchester by stripping off at the festival – marking the return of “glitter boobs”.

Revellers were pictured adorning their breasts in an array of twinkling colours, as they posed for photos in vibrant wigs and unicorn horns on the first day of the event at Heaton Park.

There was some controversy involving so-called glitter boobs last year when a scantily clad woman was groped at the Rhythm & Vines festival in New Zealand.

Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, 20, was filmed punching the stranger who chased after her and grabbed her chest on New Year's Eve.


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