Tributes to Bolton man who died minutes after smoking 'legal high' Psyclone

The Bolton News: Columbia Road, Heaton, where Michael Marshall collapsed after smoking Psyclone. Columbia Road, Heaton, where Michael Marshall collapsed after smoking Psyclone.

FRIENDS have paid tribute to a Bolton Wanderers fan who died just 15 minutes after smoking a “legal high” called Pysclone with friends at a flat in Heaton.

Michael Marshall, aged 38, was listening to the football on the radio with his friends when he collapsed at about 6pm on Sunday.

He had been smoking a “herbal incense” called Psyclone which was sold on Bolton Market with a warning that it was “not for direct inhalation”.

Mr Marshall — known affectionately as “Mickey ASBO” to his friends — was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where staff alerted police to his death.

Phillip Oakley, Mr Marshall’s friend who lives at the flat, said it was a Sunday tradition for the friends to listen to the football.

Mr Marshall, of Park Road, Heaton, had been released from Forest Bank Prison on Tuesday, September 24, after a five-month sentence, a friend said.

Mr Oakley, aged 51, met Mr Marshall through the Salvation Army when they were both homeless.

He said: “We’d been friends for years and it was because we were both Wanderers fans — he loved his football.

“Mickey came round when the Sunderland v Liverpool match was on and he looked absolutely fine.

“He was talking to me about Wanderers as normal and then he just started foaming at the mouth and collapsed. He didn’t complain of any pain in his chest, he just collapsed.

“We had bought this incense from the market on Saturday. He had not been drinking. He was completely sober when he came round.

“He didn’t normally smoke but that day he did. We all were but we weren’t doing anything illicit.

“It was just a normal Sunday and then he collapsed. We’re all just baffled to as how he died.

"He’s a big lad, he’s never been a proper drug addict and kept himself clean.

“He had been in and out of prison over the years but he’d always been good to me. We’re all gutted about what happened.”

There were three other men in the flat at the time — two of whom were also taken to hospital for a check-up.

Police are now investigating the matter, but said there were no suspicious circumstances. They added that the cause of Mr Marshall’s death had not yet been established.

Detectives said they have spoken to a number of other people as part of their investigation, who also said they had smoked Psyclone.

They have now issued a stern warning about the dangers of “legal highs”.

Det Sgt Rob Parker said: “We do not yet know how the man died but we are of course working with the coroner to establish the full circumstances.

“Worryingly we know the man and others he was with had smoked herbal incense.

“The sole purpose is to use it as a legal high, and, faced with what we know, we feel it is incumbent upon us to send out what will appear to most to be an extremely obvious safety message.

“Put simply, do not smoke herbal incense. It is not for direct inhalation and you do not know what effect it will have on your wellbeing.”

See our feature on recent deaths linked to both legal and illegal drugs here.

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2:53am Fri 4 Oct 13

mr.mark.c says...

If you live by the sword you die by the sword, sad but true.
If you live by the sword you die by the sword, sad but true. mr.mark.c

7:22am Fri 4 Oct 13

Boff says...

I really don't think this needs further comment when the news the BN describes him as thus; known affectionately as “Mickey ASBO” to his friends
I really don't think this needs further comment when the news the BN describes him as thus; known affectionately as “Mickey ASBO” to his friends Boff

8:38am Fri 4 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

I feel sorry for the man's family but those who dabble with drugs get all they deserve!
I feel sorry for the man's family but those who dabble with drugs get all they deserve! The Righteous One

8:40am Fri 4 Oct 13

Reebok Rhythm says...

^ Ditto! A tragic waste of life nevertheless but sometimes it's hard to be overly sympathetic given the way that people choose to lead their lives.
^ Ditto! A tragic waste of life nevertheless but sometimes it's hard to be overly sympathetic given the way that people choose to lead their lives. Reebok Rhythm

8:45am Fri 4 Oct 13

Balboa says...

Affectionately known as Mickey ASBO (or as a menace)...in and out of prison (career criminal)...not a "proper" drug taker (a drug taker nevertheless).

Sad that society has lost such a positive member of society (the irony).
Affectionately known as Mickey ASBO (or as a menace)...in and out of prison (career criminal)...not a "proper" drug taker (a drug taker nevertheless). Sad that society has lost such a positive member of society (the irony). Balboa

9:01am Fri 4 Oct 13

Jim271 says...

That's several thousands in benefits saved
That's several thousands in benefits saved Jim271

11:11am Fri 4 Oct 13

boltonnut says...

It's pretty sad when the BN prints "tributes" to a loser.I feel sorry for this mans family but I have to agree with the above comments.I did a similar comment yesterday but the BN in their erratic wisdom decided to erase and close down the comment,now today we can pay tributes,NOT.
It's pretty sad when the BN prints "tributes" to a loser.I feel sorry for this mans family but I have to agree with the above comments.I did a similar comment yesterday but the BN in their erratic wisdom decided to erase and close down the comment,now today we can pay tributes,NOT. boltonnut

4:56pm Fri 4 Oct 13

DC Ferret says...

Balboa wrote:
Affectionately known as Mickey ASBO (or as a menace)...in and out of prison (career criminal)...not a "proper" drug taker (a drug taker nevertheless). Sad that society has lost such a positive member of society (the irony).
That's not irony, that's sarcasm, a popular misconception among the ill educated. Why are people commenting on this story?
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Affectionately known as Mickey ASBO (or as a menace)...in and out of prison (career criminal)...not a "proper" drug taker (a drug taker nevertheless). Sad that society has lost such a positive member of society (the irony).[/p][/quote]That's not irony, that's sarcasm, a popular misconception among the ill educated. Why are people commenting on this story? DC Ferret

5:19pm Fri 4 Oct 13

daisydodo says...

Mick had no parents/siblings to guide him. Unfortunately his choice of "friends" included criminals and drug users. Yes I agree when you dabble in illegal drugs you risk your life every time, however in this case this was a "legal" drug purchased on Bolton Market (allegedly). Perhaps we should be concentrating more on the fact these drugs are readily available for anyone to buy. This could have been your son/daughter/grandch
ild - we need to campaign to stop legal highs/illegal drugs being sold rather than name call someone who has sadly died from purchasing something "off the shelf". I hope that this is a lesson learned from Micks "friends" and others and no other unfortunate person has to die before we do something as a nation. RIP Mick
Mick had no parents/siblings to guide him. Unfortunately his choice of "friends" included criminals and drug users. Yes I agree when you dabble in illegal drugs you risk your life every time, however in this case this was a "legal" drug purchased on Bolton Market (allegedly). Perhaps we should be concentrating more on the fact these drugs are readily available for anyone to buy. This could have been your son/daughter/grandch ild - we need to campaign to stop legal highs/illegal drugs being sold rather than name call someone who has sadly died from purchasing something "off the shelf". I hope that this is a lesson learned from Micks "friends" and others and no other unfortunate person has to die before we do something as a nation. RIP Mick daisydodo

5:28pm Fri 4 Oct 13

mr.mark.c says...

Legal or not daisydodo, it is called substance abuse, you can't simply ban every product when someone finds out you can get high if you abuse it.
The key word is Abuse, lots of people buy incense and use it as it should be used, just as people buy aroma oils and candles, if somebody drank a bottle of lavender oil and died would you ban that ?
Legal or not daisydodo, it is called substance abuse, you can't simply ban every product when someone finds out you can get high if you abuse it. The key word is Abuse, lots of people buy incense and use it as it should be used, just as people buy aroma oils and candles, if somebody drank a bottle of lavender oil and died would you ban that ? mr.mark.c

7:37pm Fri 4 Oct 13

daisydodo says...

Mr Mark C. I understand what you are saying and agree to some extent. You sound like a very educated man - some of the people I work with are not as educated, have had no moral guidance in life, feel unloved and worthless. I have met some of the nicest, kindest people in my line of work - some of whom are offenders, alcoholics, prostitutes and drug users. Who are we to judge how someone chooses to live their lives? They know the consequences of their actions. Many of those I have worked with are now putting something back into the community and I don't mean Community Service - i mean voluntary work. Don't you have any skeletons in your closet?
Mr Mark C. I understand what you are saying and agree to some extent. You sound like a very educated man - some of the people I work with are not as educated, have had no moral guidance in life, feel unloved and worthless. I have met some of the nicest, kindest people in my line of work - some of whom are offenders, alcoholics, prostitutes and drug users. Who are we to judge how someone chooses to live their lives? They know the consequences of their actions. Many of those I have worked with are now putting something back into the community and I don't mean Community Service - i mean voluntary work. Don't you have any skeletons in your closet? daisydodo

8:45pm Fri 4 Oct 13

mr.mark.c says...

daisydodo wrote:
Mr Mark C. I understand what you are saying and agree to some extent. You sound like a very educated man - some of the people I work with are not as educated, have had no moral guidance in life, feel unloved and worthless. I have met some of the nicest, kindest people in my line of work - some of whom are offenders, alcoholics, prostitutes and drug users. Who are we to judge how someone chooses to live their lives? They know the consequences of their actions. Many of those I have worked with are now putting something back into the community and I don't mean Community Service - i mean voluntary work. Don't you have any skeletons in your closet?
We all turn left when we should have turned right at some point in our lives, but some people never learn and carry on taking the wrong turn until it is to late.
People who know me in real life know that I will bend over backwards to help a person in need as long as I am not breaking the law.
I do not care if a person is working or not, I do not care if they live in a cardboard box.
But drugs is a bug hate, not just the legal high but all drugs, most crime that affects joe public is drug related.
I do not sit in an ivory tower or stand on any moral high ground, infact if it would cut crime then give them clean drugs for free, maybe then we can leave our doors unlocked.
Why not post stories like this in schools, maybe with a picture of a mother in tears.
And the only skeleton in my closet is a drug dealer.
[quote][p][bold]daisydodo[/bold] wrote: Mr Mark C. I understand what you are saying and agree to some extent. You sound like a very educated man - some of the people I work with are not as educated, have had no moral guidance in life, feel unloved and worthless. I have met some of the nicest, kindest people in my line of work - some of whom are offenders, alcoholics, prostitutes and drug users. Who are we to judge how someone chooses to live their lives? They know the consequences of their actions. Many of those I have worked with are now putting something back into the community and I don't mean Community Service - i mean voluntary work. Don't you have any skeletons in your closet?[/p][/quote]We all turn left when we should have turned right at some point in our lives, but some people never learn and carry on taking the wrong turn until it is to late. People who know me in real life know that I will bend over backwards to help a person in need as long as I am not breaking the law. I do not care if a person is working or not, I do not care if they live in a cardboard box. But drugs is a bug hate, not just the legal high but all drugs, most crime that affects joe public is drug related. I do not sit in an ivory tower or stand on any moral high ground, infact if it would cut crime then give them clean drugs for free, maybe then we can leave our doors unlocked. Why not post stories like this in schools, maybe with a picture of a mother in tears. And the only skeleton in my closet is a drug dealer. mr.mark.c

8:55pm Fri 4 Oct 13

I, Ludicrous says...

For all the talk above of this stuff being 'freely available' and 'perfectly legal', if a product states “not for direct inhalation”, then as a rule of thumb I find that it's probably best not to inhale it even indirectly.
For all the talk above of this stuff being 'freely available' and 'perfectly legal', if a product states “not for direct inhalation”, then as a rule of thumb I find that it's probably best not to inhale it even indirectly. I, Ludicrous

9:22am Sat 5 Oct 13

Sirrius7 says...

I for one won`t miss him.I assume he paid for his drugs from his "Benefits". Certainly no loss to Society.
I for one won`t miss him.I assume he paid for his drugs from his "Benefits". Certainly no loss to Society. Sirrius7

10:27am Sat 5 Oct 13

bernie boy says...

TWO Muslim teenagers at a Roman Catholic school have been banned from lessons for refusing to shave off their beards.

The 14-year-olds have been in ‘isolation’ at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington for almost a month, the school confirmed.

It means they have not been allowed to join normal classes since the start of term, despite claiming they could not remove their facial hair on religious grounds.

And they will not be allowed to go back until the matter is resolved.

The school said the rule was part of the schools’ dress code but a relative of one of the boys said it was ‘pure discrimination’.


Xavier Bowers, headteacher at the Wordsworth Road school, said governors had decided no exceptions could be made to the uniform policy which also prohibits false nails, fake tan, make-up, dyed hair and inappropriate jewellery.

The relative, who did not want to be named said: “Because these boys cannot shave their beards for religious reasons, they are being put in isolation for six-and-a-half hours every day.

“They are not being allowed to mix with anybody or speak to friends. It is pure discrimination.

”They chose that school because it is within their area and has good results. The school has to have an open policy and they have to take in people from all religions.”

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According to a relative of one of the boys, the youngsters were put in a room on their own and made to study without the rest of their classmates.

She said their parents sent the school a letter of complaint explaining they could not shave as their beards were symbols of their faith.

The letter has since been retracted to allow for talks between the families, teachers and the Lancashire Council of Mosques, due to take place today, the relative said.

Mr Bowers said the rule had been in place for a while, but began to be strictly enforced at the beginning of the new term after letters explaining there would be no exceptions were sent out.

He said: “The rule in school is that all boys have to be clean shaven.

“Having said that, there were two year 11 boys last year who had grown a beard and because it was months or weeks before their GCSE exams, I spoke to the two boys, who explained that on religious grounds, they wanted to keep their beards.

“I felt it was an unfair pressure to put on them and I agreed to an exception.

“On the back of that, I made arrangements to speak to a number of other Asian boys who were also sporting beards to make them aware there would not be any further exceptions and, when they came back after the summer, they were expected to be clean shaven. All but two did.

“Children who turn up to school with red hair, inappropriate jewellery, false tan or make-up are isolated in a room until the matter is addressed and then they return to their normal day.

“These boys were given the option to do that and chose not to.”

According to a BBC report, Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem, of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, said the matter of whether beards were compulsory for devout Muslims was open to interpretation.

He said the Prophet Muhammad was believed to have had a beard and that men insisting on doing the same claimed they were emulating his actions.

Many muslim scholars now do not see the beard as compulsory and choose to shave.

Mr Bowers said the issue was not one of religion, but of upholding school rules.

He said: “We have not taken this decision lightly. I have spent quite a lot of time researching the issue and speaking to Muslim elders.

“There is nothing specifically written in the Koran about wearing a beard. It is a choice those boys are making.

“However inclusive we are, we have standards to maintain.”

Chairman of governors Dennis Ford said: “The decision to uphold the rule was made by governors and it is a rule for everybody.”

Abdul Hamid Quereshi, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques said: “The headteacher is co-operating and the school wants to learn about the issue and address them appropriately.

“Different people have different variations of understanding.

“Some are newly interacting with the Muslim community and it is our duty not to put people in awkward positions.”
TWO Muslim teenagers at a Roman Catholic school have been banned from lessons for refusing to shave off their beards. The 14-year-olds have been in ‘isolation’ at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington for almost a month, the school confirmed. It means they have not been allowed to join normal classes since the start of term, despite claiming they could not remove their facial hair on religious grounds. And they will not be allowed to go back until the matter is resolved. The school said the rule was part of the schools’ dress code but a relative of one of the boys said it was ‘pure discrimination’. Xavier Bowers, headteacher at the Wordsworth Road school, said governors had decided no exceptions could be made to the uniform policy which also prohibits false nails, fake tan, make-up, dyed hair and inappropriate jewellery. The relative, who did not want to be named said: “Because these boys cannot shave their beards for religious reasons, they are being put in isolation for six-and-a-half hours every day. “They are not being allowed to mix with anybody or speak to friends. It is pure discrimination. ”They chose that school because it is within their area and has good results. The school has to have an open policy and they have to take in people from all religions.” Ads by Google According to a relative of one of the boys, the youngsters were put in a room on their own and made to study without the rest of their classmates. She said their parents sent the school a letter of complaint explaining they could not shave as their beards were symbols of their faith. The letter has since been retracted to allow for talks between the families, teachers and the Lancashire Council of Mosques, due to take place today, the relative said. Mr Bowers said the rule had been in place for a while, but began to be strictly enforced at the beginning of the new term after letters explaining there would be no exceptions were sent out. He said: “The rule in school is that all boys have to be clean shaven. “Having said that, there were two year 11 boys last year who had grown a beard and because it was months or weeks before their GCSE exams, I spoke to the two boys, who explained that on religious grounds, they wanted to keep their beards. “I felt it was an unfair pressure to put on them and I agreed to an exception. “On the back of that, I made arrangements to speak to a number of other Asian boys who were also sporting beards to make them aware there would not be any further exceptions and, when they came back after the summer, they were expected to be clean shaven. All but two did. “Children who turn up to school with red hair, inappropriate jewellery, false tan or make-up are isolated in a room until the matter is addressed and then they return to their normal day. “These boys were given the option to do that and chose not to.” According to a BBC report, Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem, of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, said the matter of whether beards were compulsory for devout Muslims was open to interpretation. He said the Prophet Muhammad was believed to have had a beard and that men insisting on doing the same claimed they were emulating his actions. Many muslim scholars now do not see the beard as compulsory and choose to shave. Mr Bowers said the issue was not one of religion, but of upholding school rules. He said: “We have not taken this decision lightly. I have spent quite a lot of time researching the issue and speaking to Muslim elders. “There is nothing specifically written in the Koran about wearing a beard. It is a choice those boys are making. “However inclusive we are, we have standards to maintain.” Chairman of governors Dennis Ford said: “The decision to uphold the rule was made by governors and it is a rule for everybody.” Abdul Hamid Quereshi, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques said: “The headteacher is co-operating and the school wants to learn about the issue and address them appropriately. “Different people have different variations of understanding. “Some are newly interacting with the Muslim community and it is our duty not to put people in awkward positions.” bernie boy

1:42pm Sat 5 Oct 13

Lancashire always says...

Sorry Mick ASBO died this way drug induced death is never pleasant and for it to be called a legal high ???

I have read the story about the boys with Beards and wondered why you had responded on this page again no comment available on the story.
This is a Catholic School with great respect for the boys to grow Beards for religious reasons why are they at this school clearly flouting their rules ? We could not wear earrings at school and believe me some of the injuries I saw when they were ripped out were horrific. Do they refuse to go to Bible classes as well ? and no I am not a Catholic but you have to respect all religions not try to be different it can be taken as disrespect.
Sorry Mick ASBO died this way drug induced death is never pleasant and for it to be called a legal high ??? I have read the story about the boys with Beards and wondered why you had responded on this page again no comment available on the story. This is a Catholic School with great respect for the boys to grow Beards for religious reasons why are they at this school clearly flouting their rules ? We could not wear earrings at school and believe me some of the injuries I saw when they were ripped out were horrific. Do they refuse to go to Bible classes as well ? and no I am not a Catholic but you have to respect all religions not try to be different it can be taken as disrespect. Lancashire always

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