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Teen's second court appearance after 'pink tablet' incidents

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be connected to the hospitalisations. Credit: Police Scotland

A teenager from Hawick has appeared in court for the second time, after ten young people were hospitalised after taking an unknown substance.

Jamie Thomson, 19, faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

He made no plea or declaration in a private appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson, and the date for his next court appearance is still to be confirmed.

Last week ten teenage boys, all from Hawick and aged between 14 and 18, fell ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Police release pictures of dangerous 'Pink Pills'

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be responsible for a number of casualties. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released images of the notorious 'Pink Pills' which are believed to have caused a number of casualties in the Scottish Borders.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet, leading to ten hospitalisations and two arrests in connection with the incident.

Jamie Bonnor Thomson, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct, while Connor Jackson, 18, was arrested just 24 hours after being released from hospital for possession of a knuckle-duster.

All of the people hospitalised were male, and between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the interest of public safety we have today issued an image of this as yet unidentified substance.

There may be more of these pills in circulation in the Hawick area, and possibly even farther afield, and I would ask people to please be vigilant and to contact police if you are offered this pill or have information relevant to our ongoing enquiries.

Likewise, anyone who has consumed this pill and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance is asked to please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Steven Bertram of Police Scotland.

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Hospitalised man searches for drug provider with knuckleduster

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A teenager who was hospitalised after taking a mystery pink tablet was arrested for having a knuckle duster in the street just 24 hours after his release.

Connor Jackson, 18, was among a group of 10 young men in Hawick, who fell ill last week after taking the unidentified substance. But during the early hours of Sunday morning he was said to be searching for the person who had provided the drug while intoxicated and in possession of the offensive weapon.

Jackson was arrested by police who were concerned about his behaviour and he appeared from custody today at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to having the knuckle duster on him.

Deferring for background reports Sheriff Peter Paterson said it was "astonishing" that after being hospitalised for consuming some sort of drug, Jackson was back out on the street 24 hours later intoxicated.

He told him:

You seem incapable of learning a lesson in life. Instead you tried to take the law into your own hands looking for the people involved."

– Sheriff Peter Paterson

Jackson of Teviotdale Court, Hawick, who claimed he found the knuckle-duster lying on the ground, had sentence deferred until September 22 for a Criminal Justice Social Work report to be prepared.

Police Scotland said that in total 10 teenagers as young as 14 had been treated at Borders General Hospital near Melrose as a result of consuming the as yet unidentified pink-coloured tablet which had been circulating in the Hawick area.

They have all since been discharged from hospital.

Hawick teenager remanded in custody over unknown pink drug

Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court Credit: ITV Border

A Hawick teenager has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the incident which resulted in the hospitalisation of 10 young men who took an unidentified substance.

19 year old Jamie Bonnor Thomson was charged with culpable and reckless conduct.

It follows 10 men aged between 14 and 18 falling ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Thomson made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Peter Paterson.

He is expected to appear in court again within eight days

Teenager due in court after pink tablet illnesses

A 19-year-old from Hawick is due at Jedburgh Sheriff Court today in connection with incidents of young people apparently taking a pink tablet which has left them hospitalised.

Ten young people aged between 15 and 20 have been treated at Borders General Hospital since Wednesday 19th of August.

All of them have since been discharged from hospital.

Police Scotland are urging people to avoid taking unprescribed medication, particularly a pink tabled being circulated in the Hawick area.

Pink tablets cause 'unconsciousness'

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Police Scotland have warned that an unknown substance circulating in Hawick may cause people to fall unconscious if it's consumed.

Ten people have been treated at Borders General Hospital after apparently taking a pink tablet.

Police are warning that the drug may still be in circulation in Hawick and the rest of the Borders, and are urging people not to take it.

Police Inspector Bryan Burns explains:

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10 treated after taking pink tablets in Hawick

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10 young people have now been treated at the Scottish Borders General Hospital as a result of consuming the as yet unidentified pink coloured tablet which has been circulating Hawick.

All the young people have now been treated and have been discharged.

A 19-year-old man from Hawick will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 23rd August in connection with the matter.

Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland, ‘J’ Division said:

our enquiries into this serious incident are ongoing and we want the public to remain vigilant in case any of these tablets are still in circulation. Our message is clear that people should not take any medication of any sort that has not been specifically prescribed for them. Clearly this pink tablet has had an effect on these young people to the extent that they have been hospitalised after taking ill. Again, anyone who may have any information which would help in this investigation is asked to call us on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotlan

Man arrested in connection with pink tablet illnesses

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A 19-year old man from Hawick has been arrested in connection with an incident which has led to 9 youngsters being treated in hospital after apparently consuming an as yet unidentified pink coloured tablet.

All of those treated at Border General Hospital are from Hawick.

A 19-year-old will appear in Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the matter on Monday 24 August 2015.

Inspector John Reid 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. I would also ask that anyone who can assist in the ongoing investigation to contact Police Scotland through our non emergency 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland

Eight boys taken to hospital after taking pink tablets

Police in the Borders have issued a drugs warning after eight boys, all under 16, were left in hospital as a result of taking an unidentified pink tablet.

They are said to have experienced significant adverse effects and are being treated in the Borders General Hospital. The police say some of the tablets may still be in circulation in the area.

Inspector Calum Welsh, who is based at Melrose Police Station, said: “These recent and unfortunate incidents highlight the significant dangers of taking non-prescribed drugs.

“It is clear that the, as yet unidentified, pink tablets are extremely potent and should be avoided at all costs.

“We believe there are more tablets circulating, particularly in the Hawick area, and my message to the public is to stay vigilant.

“I would urge anyone who has taken the tablet and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance to please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.”

Police issue 'pink tablets' drug warning

Police have issued a drugs warning following a number of substance-abuse related incidents. Credit: PA

Police in the Scottish Borders have issued a drugs warning following a number of incident involving substance abuse over the last week.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet.

On Wednesday, five males, all under the age of 16, were taken to Borders General Hospital for severe sedation after apparently taking the unknown substance.

Today, a further four males from the Hawick area were admitted to hospital after allegedly consuming the tablet.

They were also under the age of 16.

Inspector Calum Welsh, who is based at Melrose Police Station, said:

These recent and unfortunate incidents highlight the significant dangers of taking non-prescribed drugs.

It is clear that the, as yet unidentified, pink tablets are extremely potent and should be avoided at all costs.

We believe there are more tablets circulating, particularly in the Hawick area, and my message to the public is to stay vigilant.

I would urge anyone who has taken the tablet and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance to please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

– Inspector Calum Welsh
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