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People told 'they have nothing to fear' by handing in dangerous ecstasy pills

'Superman' ecstasy pills Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk police investigating the deaths of three men in their twenties, one on Christmas Eve in Ipswich and two others on New Year's Day in Ipswich and Rendlesham, are urging people to hand in 'superman' ecstasy pills.

Detectives think the 'bad batch' of the illegal drug is to blame for the deaths, which also left a fourth person seriously ill.

Now it's emerged that a fourth death in Telford may well be linked.

"We are eager to hear from anyone who has been offered drugs in the Telford area recently. Alert police so that we can remove these dangerous drugs off the streets."

– Det Chief Insp Sean Paley, West Mercia Police

"I can fully understand people's reluctance in this situation, but we are not looking to arrest or prosecute people - they are really dangerous and we are talking about saving lives."

– Superintendent Louise Pepper, Suffolk police
John Hocking died on New Year's Day in Rendlesham Credit: Alban Donohoe

20-year old labourer John Hocking from Rendlesham in Suffolk has been named as one of the men who died on New Year's Day.

Body found in river confirmed as missing Daniel Hodgin

A body discovered in a river at Cressage in Shropshire has been formally identified as missing Daniel Hodgin from Telford.

Daniel Hodgin went missing after a night out in Shrewsbury in November Credit: West Mercia Police

The 20-year-old, from Madeley in Telford, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 23 November following a night out with friends in Shrewsbury.

Extensive searches have been carried out since his disappearance and several appeals have been released by West Mercia Police, in liaison with Daniel’s family.

His body was found at around 12.25pm on New Years Eve. His family and the coroner have been made aware.

His death is being treated as unexplained at this time.

Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s family and friends at this very sad time. This is a tragic loss of life, of someone so young.

All of our officers involved in the investigation into Daniel’s disappearance have shown a great deal of commitment and professionalism and we’d particularly like to thank West Midlands Search and Rescue for their integral role in the search.

– DS Rob Mountford, West Mercia Police

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Telford death linked to dangerous batch of ecstasy

A man has died in Telford after taking drugs which may be linked to three previous deaths in Suffolk.

West Merica Police say the 27-year-old was found at a property in Woodside Road in Ketley on New Year's Day.

Officers believe his death may be linked to a particularly dangerous batch of ecstasy.

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'Ecstasy death' victim named as labourer

John Hocking died on New Year's Day in Rendlesham. Credit: Facebook

A man believed to have been killed by a dangerous batch of drugs has been named as a 20-year-old labourer.

John Hocking died after being found seriously unwell in Chestnut Close in Rendlesham on New Year's Day.

He was believed to be a former student at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham.

Mr Hocking is one of four people whose deaths are being linked to a particularly dangerous batch of ecstasy.

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Police urge public to hand 'Superman' ecstasy pills in

Police investigating four deaths thought to be linked to a dangerous batch of ecstasy in Suffolk have urged anyone still in possession of them to hand them in.

Police believe the deaths are linked to a 'Superman' pill. Credit: ITV Anglia

The pills are red triangular tablets with a Superman motif on them.

Ipswich Policing Commander Superintendent Louisa Pepper said the “number one priority” for police is to prevent anyone else from coming to harm.

She said: "It’s clear that this drug is highly dangerous and we are urging anyone in possession of them not to take them.

"I can fully understand people's reluctance in this situation, but we are not looking to arrest or prosecute people - they are really dangerous and we are talking about saving lives."

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Police searching for missing Daniel Hodgin find body in river

Credit: West Mercia Police

A body has been found in the river at Cressage in Shropshire just before 12:30 today.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and the death is being treated as unexplained.

Daniel Hodgin, aged 20 from Madeley in Telford, was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday 23rd November after he failed to return from a night out in Shrewsbury.

DS Rob Mountford said,

"Formal identification has not yet taken place but Daniel’s family has been made aware. My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

I would like to thank West Midlands Search and Rescue Team for their help. The investigation into Daniel's disappearance still continues."

– DS Rob Mountford

Body of newborn baby boy found in Shropshire house

The body of a newborn baby boy has been found at a house in Shropshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The body of a newborn baby boy has been found at a house in Shropshire.

Police discovered the child on November 30. His mother has been identified and she is receiving medical care and attention.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances and our priority at this stage is to ensure the medical needs of the mother are being met."

– West Mercia Police
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