POLICE WARNING OVER POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING ECSTASY TABLETS

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UPDATED: Police are issuing a warning about a rogue batch of ecstasy tablets currently circulating on the Isle of Wight after 2 teenagers were admitted to hospital last night (Tuesday).

The tablets, which may contain ketamine or methamphetamine, have made people unwell including symptoms of light-headedness, losing feeling in their extremities and increasing anxiety. Taking these tablets could be life threatening warn Police.

Both people who were admitted to hospital last night – aged just 14 and 15 – have since been released and are recovering at home. It’s believed the red tablets, known as ‘Beano’s’ or ‘Red Death Cons’, were bought from someone in Sandown yesterday.

Officers are warning people not to take any tablets they may have bought recently believing them to be ecstasy. Where possible you are asked to hand them into Newport Police Station so that Police can analyse them as part of the investigation and make sure they are disposed of correctly.

Detectives working on the case would like to reassure people that anyone who hands potential ecstasy tablets into police on the Island with the intention of preventing harm to others will not be prosecuted for possession of illegal drugs.

The 2 persons were admitted to St Mary’s Hospital

DC Jessica Hughes who is leading the investigation said:

“We do not condone the sale or use of any illegal substances, however in this particular case it is imperative that we establish where these tablets have come from and who may be in possession of them before anyone else takes them. They pose a significant risk to people’s health and I would urge anyone who may have information about them to contact us immediately”.

More information about drugs and their effect can be found on the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/drugs/Pages/Drugsoverview.aspx.

UPDATE THURSDAY @ 11:15 – A 16-year-old boy from Shanklin has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a class A drug in relation to this investigation.

The teenager remains in custody at this time as detectives continue to probe the situation.

UPDATE THURSDAY @ 19:56 – Police have confirmed that the 16-year-old teen has been released from custody, but remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information relating to this case is asked to call 101 quoting reference 44170204475. Information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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