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The two party goers took the tablets in the early hours of Sunday morning, police have said and they are understood to have suffered adverse side-effects Reuters

Police are warning revellers in Manchester not to take green ecstasy pills known as "green Rolex pills" after two people fell ill after taking the pills at the city's gay pride festival.

The partygoers took the tablets in the early hours of Sunday morning, police have said and they are understood to have suffered adverse side-effects. Their exact condition is not known.

The Manchester Evening news reported on the pair taking the drugs – which are florescent green and shaped like the luxury Rolex watch – and falling ill.

Greater Manchester Police have said in a statement that "two people suspected of taking green Rolex ecstasy tablets taken ill. Stay clear of illegal drugs and enjoy a safe Manchester Pride."

The city-wide festival, which lasts four days, attracts thousands of people each year. The celebrations have included performances by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tulisa, Will Young, Groove Armada, Katy B, Heather Small and Fleur East.

News of the tainted pills follows the deaths of two others at music festivals in the north of England over the weekend. A Cornwall man died after collapsing at Creamfields near Warrington on Friday (26 August).

A post mortem is being carried out to establish the cause of his death, with police awaiting the results. Cheshire police have also issued a warning over drugs in the area

A 17-year-old boy from Manchester died on Sunday morning in hospital after ingesting drugs at Leeds music festival. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with his death on suspicion of drugs offences.