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Kent Police drug alert over Folkestone 'rockstar' pills

Blue pills known as "rockstars" are circulating among teenagers in Folkestone, Kent police have warned.

Officers made the discovery after a 15-year-old boy was arrested and bailed over suspected drugs offences.

Police said it was not known whether the pills were linked to red rockstars, believed to be a type of ecstasy linked to a death in north-east England.

PC Jeff Treadwell said the drugs could cause reactions leading to hospital admissions.

'Severe stomach pains'

The drugs liaison officer for Shepway said: "We are very concerned that these pills are being used by the 15 to 18 age group.

"Tests are being carried out to establish what they contain but adverse reactions ranging from severe stomach pains resulting in hospital admissions to excessive teeth grinding have been reported."

He said red rockstars were suspected to have caused a man's death in County Durham on Sunday.

Police had contacted schools and would be talking to pupils after the half-term holiday, he added.

He said the pills carried an R or star logo and it was understood that they were selling for up to £10 each.

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