Police have issued a warning about potentially lethal drugs after two 14-year-olds fell ill from taking what they thought were ecstasy tablets.
Officers have arrested two other boys aged 15 and 17 after raids which netted a quantity of pills and cannabis.
One of the 14-year-old boys, from Leyland, collapsed on Thursday after taking the blue and yellow Tesla tablets. He was taken to hospital, but has since been released.
Police say the other boy, also from the Leyland area, started acting strangely after swallowing the same type of pills in a competely separate incident. He was later arrested for criminal damage to several cars and also drugs offences.
The incidents followed the death of a man in Nelson last week who was thought to have taken some similar shield-shaped turquoise tablets, again suspected to be ecstasy.
And last weekend four young people were taken to hospital after taking what are suspected to be similar tablets at the Beat-Herder Festival in the Ribble Valley.
Sgt 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.
Police are advising people who might be concerned that your child, relative or friend has taken any tablets or controlled drugs to seek urgent medical assistance or call 999 in an emergency.
If anyone has 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.