A CREWE man was taken to hospital in Liverpool on Monday after taking the so called drug, ‘GEEBS’.

The 20-year-old was rushed to Royal Liverpool University Hospital by ambulance after using the substance – which is actually a potentially fatal chemical used to clean vehicle alloy wheels.

The man is among six admitted to hospital in Liverpool in two days after taking GEEBS.

Emergency services were called to student accommodation at Hatton Garden, Liverpool city centre, at around 5.15pm on February 17 following reports of concern for two people.

Two men, both aged 20, from the Liverpool and Crewe areas, were rushed to hospital.

A third man, aged 19, from the Mold area also attended the hospital. It is believed he took the substance with the other two men. He has also now been discharged.

A 20-year-old man from the Liverpool area has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.

The accommodation at Hatton Garden was secured for examination as detectives continued to make enquiries with other residents.

The group were the second party of three men to be hospitalised after taking the drug, following an earlier incident in Liverpool at Bordens Court.

Detective superintendent Chris Green, said: "This latest incident shows how important it is to listen to our warning about the effects this substance can have.

"Thankfully these men have not suffered serious effects, however I would like to re-iterate my warning to students and young people that if taken, GEEBS, which is actually a chemical used to clean alloy wheels, can have serious side effects and can kill, even in small doses.

"We will continue to work with our city’s universities to warn people about the dangers of taking drugs and chemicals, particularly if mixed with alcohol, or other substances.”

Anyone with any information about the should Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.