A TEENAGE girl was taken to hospital last night (Friday, November 18) after suffering a suspected ketamine overdose.

Just before 9pm, officers attended to a group of young girls aged between 12 and 13-years-old who had been reported as being under the influence of ket and alcohol at the rear of St Helens town hall.

Upon arriving, one of the girls was unresponsive to any first aid and was taken to hospital suffering from a suspected overdose.

A second girl, who became aggressive towards officers and was also showing signs of drug use was detained. Police returned her home to her parents and submitted a safeguarding report.

A number of other children ran off upon police arriving at the scene.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Whilst we get to the bottom of how and why this incident has come about tonight about can we please ask you get the phone, contact your children and find out what they're doing and who they're with? Looks for signs and symptoms that are out of character for them. Sluggish or lethargic demeanour etc.

“We will do as much as we can to reduce the use of ketamine (and all other controlled drugs and substances) as best we can but part of the battle takes place at home.”