Police 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 at two incidents where teenagers have been hospitalised 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 often brightly-coloured pills 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 on 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 are conducting enquiries to identify suppliers of these drugs in west Cumbria," he said.

“We would like to 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."

Police are also warning teenagers of the dangers of taking illegal drugs and asking parents to educate their children.

The Cumbria Constabulary spokesman added: “Our advice is not to take illegal drugs. You cannot be sure of what they contain and therefore, in taking them, you are putting your health at risk.

"Please, for your own safety, do not take any illegal drugs.”

Secondary schools in west Cumbria have also been working to provide advice and support to young people.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.