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THREE HELD OVER SUSPECT TABLETS; Five in hospital after taking 'ecstasy' pills.

Byline: RHIAN LUBIN ECHO Reporter rhian lubin@trinitymirror.com

THREE men from Ellesmere Port have been arrested after five teenagers needed hospital treatment after taking drugs.

Four 19-year-old men from the Frodsham area fell during the early hours of Saturday after taking what was believed to be ecstasy tablets in a Chester nightclub.

They were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where they received medical attention for several hours.

Then, in the early hours of yesterday morning an 18-year-old man from Ellesmere Port was taken to hospital with similar symptoms. Police are now warning people going to pubs, bars, and night clubs in the city centre about yellow and red ecstasy tablets with "UPS" stamped on them.

Flyers and posters warning of the risk have also been produced.

The tablets believed to have caused the illnesses appear very similar in description to ecstasy tablets which have led to serious illness and even death elsewhere in the country.

| | After the four teenagers became ill, a 29-year-old man from Ellesmere Port was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply. He was questioned and released on police bail, pending further inquiries, until a date in May.

Police later also arrested two more men from Ellesmere Port on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. The 18 and 19-yearolds were being questioned last night.

Det Insp Simon Newell said: "If you have taken these tablets, and in any way feel unwell, you should immediately seek medical attention and attend at your local A&E. "If you know someone who may have taken a tablet fitting the description of these -- be a good friend and check on them. If they appear unwell, ensure they get immediate medical attention.

-be a good friend and check on them. If they appear unwell, ensure they get immediate medical attention.

"Finally, if anyone has such a tablet, please pass it to police."

such a tablet, please pass it to police."

tion can contact Chester " Anyone with information can contact Chester police on the non-emegency number 101, quoting incident 90 of 14/03/2015. Information can also be left anonymously on the Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555 111."

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