Teenage boy critically ill after taking unknown substance

22 December 2017, 14:14 | Updated: 22 December 2017, 14:16

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A teenage boy is in a critical condition after taking suspected drugs with another youngster.

Police said both boys may have consumed a substance which was contained within a red and white capsule.

The 14-year-old was taken to hospital in Dundee while a 13-year-old had to be seen by his local doctor.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard said: "Our thoughts are very much with this young boy's family and friends. He is currently in hospital where he is gravely ill and in a critical condition.

"It might be that others may have taken the substance and I am urging members of the public, especially parents and guardians to be vigilant as drugs have devastating impact.

"The message is clear, there is no safe way to take drugs - there is always a risk. The effects can be unpredictable and can cause serious harm.

"We are committed to tackling the issues of drugs in our community and we continue to work with partner agencies including local authorities, health officials and medical staff."