Page last updated at 14:55 GMT, Saturday, 23 May 2009 15:55 UK

Police text warns of mystery drug

Police are texting clubbers to warn them not take a "dangerous" mystery liquid drug after three men collapsed in a Liverpool nightclub.

The men aged 25, 34 and 23, were taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital when they fell ill in Cream nightclub on Wolstenholme Square at 0100 BST.

Merseyside Police said the trio had consumed a "drug that on the surface would appear to be a drink".

Officers will use Bluetooth equipment to text people to beware of the drug.

A fourth man, aged 18, fell ill after taking the drug but he was not taken to hospital.

The three men who were taken to hospital have been making a "good recovery", said Chf Insp Kevin Johnson.

He added: "We do not know what this drug is.

"It has been carried in a normal soft drinks bottle, and until we do actually identify what this is, there is a concern that there's clearly a drink out there that is certainly very dangerous.

"And it could have had quite dire consequences, and it may have even led to the loss of some lives this morning."

Officers will set up the remote Bluetooth equipment in Liverpool city centre later to allow them to send messages to revellers as they arrive at the club and nearby venues.

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