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Inquest begins into death linked to 'toxic diet pills'

An inquest will be held today on a 21-year-old woman who is thought to have taken "diet pills" containing a highly toxic chemical.

Eloise Parry, 21, who died after taking diet pills Credit: West Mercia Police

Eloise Parry died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April, prompting police to issue a warning about the dangers of buying medicines and supplements online.

Officers from West Mercia Police said tablets taken by Miss Parry were believed to include a quantity of dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.

The industrial chemical, which is unfit for human consumption, has been linked to several deaths in the UK and was the subject of an Interpol warning notice issued to 190 countries in May.

The inquest into Miss Parry's fatal collapse is due to be heard in Shrewsbury by the Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery.


Police appeal for help to find missing teenager from Shrewsbury

Inayah, 14, is of mixed heritage, slim build, 5'5 Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Inayah Beddelem who hasn't been seen since 8pm on Wednesday 24th June in Shrewsbury.

Inayah, 14, is of mixed heritage, slim build, 5'5" tall, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, black jeans, a peach-coloured t-shirt, a pink bandana and green training shoes

She is thought to be in the London area.

Police appeal for help to find missing teenager

Picture of Connie Baldwin-Stenton Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are appealing for help to find missing teenager Connie Baldwin-Stenton from Shrewsbury.

The 14-year-old was reported missing after not returning from a walk near her home in Minsterley. It is thought that she might have gone in the direction of the Black Marsh area.

She is described 5'6'', of a slim build with dark brown wavy shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She was wearing white skinny jeans at the time she went missing, with a navy blue jumper and black Nike trainers.

Police say that Connie is known to hitchhike and use rail networks to travel around. They are asking anyone who may have seen a girl matching her description to get in touch. She has connections to the Huddersfield and Yorkshire area.


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Mother wants crematorium to be held accountable

Rebecca Adams was told there would be no ashes when her son Harry died. Credit: ITV News

Angry parents who were left with no ashes after their baby son died have called for someone to be held accountable.

Rebecca Adams, vice chair of Action for Ashes, said a funeral director told them there would be no remains of her son Harry left as he was under three years old.

But she later discovered this was not standard practice but a procedure carried out by Shrewsbury Crematorium.

She told a news conference: "We were led to believe that this was the case at any venue and just something we had to accept.

"If we knew otherwise, we would have gone somewhere else. Only years later did we discover that this was wrong.

"It is unacceptable and people have to be held accountable."

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Parents call for national inquiry into babies' ashes

Parents who were never handed back their babies' ashes from crematoriums have called for a national inquiry into the scandal.

Glen Perkins, who founded support group Action for Ashes for families affected, lost his daughter Olivia seven years ago.

But he only became aware Emstrey Crematorium in Shropshire could have handed back some of her ashes 12 months ago.

After conducting his own investigation with the help of experts he says the crematorium would have been given remains every time -and he said the problem was not isolated to Shropshire.

He told a press conference: "We know of cases in Hull and Sheffield.

"There's been no mention of a national investigation, while there has been acknowledgment of a nationwide problem.

"I'm still calling on the Justice Minister to do the right thing and agree to a national investigation.

"These atrocities are happening as I read this statement. May God have pity on the people performing these inhumane acts of neglect."

Read more: Crematorium apologises after failing to hand back babies' ashes

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