POLICE are renewing their appeal this weekend for information about illegal drugs in Cumbria following a spate of incidents involving the so-called 'Snapchat' drug.

Cumbria Constabulary say they are working to identify those who supplied drugs to children in Cumbria – but are urging the public to come forward with intelligence.

It follows two incidents in which teenagers ended up in hospital after taking the so-called ‘Snapchat’ drug.

Officers stress that parents can report information anonymously if they feel more comfortable.

Two teenage girls, both aged 14 and from west Cumbria, ended up in hospital after taking the drug, believed to be ecstasy/MDMA, in separate incidents.

It is called the Snapchat drug as the brightly-coloured pills often feature the mobile app’s distinctive ghost logo.

Parents from across the county have since come forward, revealing that children as young as 12 have been using their pocket money to buy the drug for as little as £5 a pill.

One girl, who took the drug at Workington fair last Saturday night, was nearly in cardiac arrest when she arrived at hospital.

Her mum said she was in a “horrific” state and has urged people to “shop” those who have been selling the drug.

A Cumbria Police spokesman reassured parents that they are working to identify those involved.

But he urged local residents to come forward with information that could help in the investigation.

Officers also warn that the effects of taking illegal drugs can be fatal.

"Officers are conducting enquiries to identify suppliers of these drugs in west Cumbria," he said.

"We would like anyone who has any information on the supply of drugs to contact police so we can investigate.

"You can also supply your information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers."

Anyone who has information can call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.