We are urging the public to be vigilant after two teenagers from Leyland fell ill after taking tablets they believed to be ecstasy.


In separate incidents the boys, both aged 14, have taken blue and yellow coloured tesla pills.


The first boy then started behaving out of character and was arrested for causing criminal damage to several cars and drugs offences. He is currently on police bail pending enquiries.


The second incident happened yesterday (Thursday 23 July 2015) with the boy being hospitalised after taking the pills and collapsing. He has since been released from hospital.


Officers today (24 July) carried out raids on addresses in Buckshaw Village and seized a quantity of pills and cannabis. Two boys aged 15 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences and are currently in police custody.


Sgt 685 Mark Douglas of Leyland Police said: “I would urge anyone to refrain from taking these pills or indeed any sort of drug because the message is clear – they are illegal, you don’t know what you’re taking and the risk you are putting on your health could be fatal.


“I want to reassure the public that we are trying to identify those supplying the pills and we will be taking action like we have with today’s raids.


“We know that these tablets have appeared in Leyland and surrounding Chorley areas so I am also asking the public to remain vigilant and to report or hand in any of these types of tablets to the police so they can be properly examined.


“Lastly, I am appealing to parents to speak to their children about the dangers of these tablets and drugs in general in the hope it will act as a deterrent before people take them and become seriously ill.”


The advice follows the death of a man in Nelson last week who was also thought to have taken some similar shield-shaped turquoise tablets, again suspected to be ecstasy.


Four people were additionally taken to hospital after taking what is suspected to be a similar type of pill at the Beat-Herder Festival in the Ribble Valley last weekend.


If you are concerned that your child, relative or friend has taken any tablets or controlled drugs please seek urgent medical assistance or call 999 in an emergency.


If you have information about the supply of these or other illegal drugs, call Lancashire Police on 101 or pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the ‘Talk To Frank’ website at http://www.talktofrank.com  or call the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.

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