A police investigation into dangerous drugs is ongoing as a teenager continues to receive medical attention in hospital.
The 18-year-old man, from Ellesmere Port, was taken ill in a Chester bar in the early hours of Sunday March 15, displaying symptoms similar to those shown by four teenagers taken to hospital the night before from city nightclub Rosies in Northgate Street.
Police are looking at the possibility the four teenagers, all from Frodsham, took ecstasy tablets, the description of which matches tablets which have caused serious illness and even death elsewhere in the country. All four were treated for several hours at the Countess of Chester Hospital before being released.
Police are investigating the theory that the 18-year-old may have taken a similar tablet.
Two men arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs have been released on police bail to a date in May. A further man, arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning, has also been released on police bail pending further enquiries to a date in May. All three men are from the Ellesmere Port area.
Police are continuing to warn people about the tablets, believed to be ecstasy. The tablets are yellow or red in colour and have the letters ‘UPS’ on them.
Oscar D’Agnone, medical director for Crime Reduction Initiatives and honorary professor of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health, University of Manchester, said: "The fact that four teenagers in Chester were hospitalised after taking the super strength yellow 'UPS' ecstasy tablets is extremely worrying. This drug is highly dangerous, which is why it's particularly concerning that it's being more widely distributed around northern parts of the UK.
"Some people may think that because the pill is branded with a recognised logo it's safer to use but this is incredibly misleading. We need to expose how dangerous substances such as this one are and do everything we can to make sure it is taken out of circulation as quickly as possible. Our advice to anyone thinking of taking these super strength pills is simple: do not take them as it's not worth the risk."
Chester Police are keen to hear from anyone with relevant information. If you can assist, please contact officers on the non emergency number 101, quoting incident number 90 of 14/03/2015. Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111.