Arrest made over ‘dangerous’ Hawick pills

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A 19-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a batch of tablets which have led to nine young Hawick people being hospitalised.

Police Scotland have today confirmed that the youngsters have been treated at Borders Borders General Hospital after apparently consuming an as yet unidentified pink-coloured tablet which has been circulating in the town. Several of the young people remain in the BGH under observation.

The accused is expected to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Inspector John Reid, of J Division, said: “at this stage we are still seeking the help of the local community to ensure that the message about the dangers associated with anyone taking non-prescribed medication is getting circulated as widely as possible, and, in particular, the dangers associated with this pink-coloured tablet which appears to be very potent and has caused these young people to fall ill.

“I would again ask anyone who may have taken one of these tablets and who feels unwell, or indeed knows of anyone becoming unwell as a result of taking one, to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can assist police with their investigation is asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.