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Teenager's death sparks warning over dangerous batch of drugs

Detectives have issued a warning following the death of a 19-year-old man after he apparently took badly-produced drugs at a flat in Witham in Essex.

Two other men were taken ill but later recovered after hospital treatment.

They're believed to have taken a drug from the LSD family known as 2CE.

Officers were called to Bramble Road, Witham at about 2.25am on Saturday April 27 by the ambulance service. A 19-year-old man from Braintree was found dead. Another man aged 18 from Braintree and a man aged 21 from Witham were taken to Broomfield Hospital.

We believe that one person has died and two others were taken ill because they have taken a drug that was poorly-produced by criminals who have no regard for the lives of their customers. Anyone with information about these drugs or anyone with any information about the death should contact us urgently.”

– Det Chief Insp Anne Cameron, Essex Police

Two 19-year-old men from Braintree and a 21-year-old man from Witham have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Memorial for murdered vicar

The Reverand John Suddards was much loved by his congregation at Witham in Essex where he served as vicar of St Nicholas Church for ten years.

Now a memorial fund to help homeless people, set up in his memory, has raised more than 4 thousand pounds. The Reverand John Suddards was found stabbed to death by a homeless man at his vicarage in the West Country last year.

He was murdered just eight months after he moved from his parish in Witham. Watch Serena Sandhu's report.

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