A FURTHER person has been arrested as three teenagers remain in hospital in Bury.

On Friday evening, officers investigating the circumstances that led to three teenage boys suffering from what is believed to be the effects of drugs, made an arrest.

The man, aged 21, remains in custody for questioning as the investigation continues.

Two boys aged 15, and one aged 14, were admitted to hospital on Thursday and police were called. One of the 15-year-old boys was put in an induced coma but all three are now in a stable condition.

One of the teenagers, who was initially arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs, has been de-arrested.

The 40-year-old woman who was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police initially said the drugs that were recovered contained an array of substances including MDMA, ketamine and methadone, but have since said a full analysis is still taking place.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Atton of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “While it’s good news that the boys’ conditions have improved overnight, I must stress we are still dealing with an extremely worrying set of circumstances.

“Without the expert work from our colleagues in the health service, we could have been dealing with a very different story this morning so please do not ignore these warnings.

“At this stage, we believe that the drugs we have seized are the ones that the teenagers have taken but this has not yet been confirmed. If you or someone you know has taken drugs matching this description, please seek medical attention urgently.

“Our appeal for information about these drugs is ongoing – if you know where these drugs have come from, please get in touch with us.

“They are very distinctive with the letters ‘UPS’ on them, beige in colour and have a strong, sickly smell.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 2459, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who has concerns about drug use can contact Bury Early Break Substance Misuse Service on 0161 723 3880 or the local Alcohol and Drug Service on 0161 253 6488.