Man and woman arrested in relation to three 12-year-olds being hospitalised for taking ecstasy

Police were called to a shopping centre on Saturday night

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Police officers examine a crime scene in Salford | Image: Peter Byrne / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Updated: 20.10

Police in the UK, have arrested a man and a woman after three girls needed hospital treatment for taking ecstasy in Greater Manchester.

The three girls, all aged 12, are in a "serious condition" in Britain after taking ecstasy pills known as "Teddy Tablets".

Police were called to a shopping centre in the Salford area of Manchester area on Saturday night, and all three were taken to hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker said: "Sadly, three more young people, who are only 12-years-old, have taken ecstasy and ended up in hospital.

"The girls took a type of ecstasy described as Teddy Tablets. It is imperative young people understand the implications and avoid taking drugs, to stop any more young people ending up in hospital."

He warned young people to stay away from the party drug, which has already led to the death of a 22-year-old girl in recent weeks.

He also urged anyone in possession of the tablets, or any other drugs, to hand them in to the police, chemists, or a doctor.

"Let this be a warning to anyone supplying Class A drugs to young people, and in this case children, you are ruining lives. We will catch you and the full force of the law will be brought down on you."

The man and woman are being questioned on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Walker: