Monday, 20 June 2016

A man and a woman have been questioned by police after three girls were taken to hospital after taking the drug in Salford.
12:45, UK,Monday 20 June 2016

One of three 12-year-old girls who were taken to hospital after taking ecstasy pills known as "Teddy Tablets" is due to be discharged on Monday, while the other two remain in a stable condition.
Police were called to a shopping centre in Salford, Greater Manchester, on Saturday night, where the youngsters were initially said to be in a "serious" condition. 
A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance.
They have since been bailed until 15 July. 
Earlier, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker said: "Sadly, three more young people, who are only 12 years old, have taken ecstasy and ended up in hospital.
"The girls took a type of ecstasy described as 'Teddy Tablets'. 
"It is imperative young people understand the implications and avoid taking drugs, to stop any more young people ending up in hospital.
"Over the past few months we have had the death of a 17-year-old girl and the hospitalisation of three young people, all after taking a variation of ecstasy. 
"People taking these drugs don't know what they contain or what effect they will have.
"It's not worth the risk of ending up in hospital or even suffering fatal consequences."
DCI Walker also urged anyone in possession of the tablets, or any other drugs, to hand them in to the police, chemists, or a doctor.
Detectives are trying to establish how the children got the potentially lethal pills.
"Let this be a warning to anyone supplying Class A drugs to young people, and in this case children, you are ruining lives," DCI Walker added. 
"We will catch you and the full force of the law will be brought down on you."
Anyone with information about where the drug may have come from is asked to contact police on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.