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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."


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


Police search for missing man focuses on the River Severn

The police search for Daniel Hodgin, who went missing last Sunday morning, has focused on exploring the various routes he could have taken on his way home.

Volunteers were asked to search riverbanks and nearby parks for any signs of Daniel.

Whilst search and rescue teams made their way along the river itself.

Family overwhelmed by amount of people joining the search

The family of Daniel Hodgin say it's really nice to see how many people have turned out to help in the search for him.

Today, hundreds gathered at the Buttermarket nightclub, where Daniel was last seen on Sunday morning, offering to help.

Police focused volunteers on the nearby River Severn for any signs of where Daniel might have gone.

Officers search river for missing Telford man

Police have released CCTV of a missing man from Telford who has not been seen since a night out in Shrewsbury last weekend.

It is believed Daniel Hodgin left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday morning.

Officers will be in Shrewsbury's Buttermarket today searching for the 20-year-old.

Police have released this CCTV Credit: West Mercia Police

“We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area. We are often reliant on the help and support of the public to assist us and urge anyone with any information to contact us”.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding
Daniel Hodgin Credit: West Mercia Police

'Devastated' family's heartfelt appeal to find man

The family of missing 20-year-old man who disappeared in the early hours of Sunday morning have issued a heartfelt appeal for his safe return.

Daniel Hodgin hasn't been seen since Sunday Credit: West Mercia Police

Daniel Hodgin had been on a night out in Shrewsbury town centre. His mother, Lorraine, last spoke to him at 5.30am when she called to offer him a lift home.

He said he would walk home although he was unsure where he was, so we drove to Shrewsbury anyway but could not find him.

We are devastated as any parent would be who did not know where their son was.

As a family we have been in and around Shrewsbury searching day and night.

We have given out leaflets asking for anyone to come forward with any information as to his whereabouts or the location of any of his possessions.

– Lorraine, Daniel's mother

It is believed Daniel left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday Morning.

His disappearance has been described as completely out of character.

Concerns are growing by the hour for Daniel with the current cold weather, and we request that public keep an eye out for a man matching Daniel’s description.

We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area.

We are working with the family to ensure they are kept up to date with any developments in the investigation and we continue to follow all lines of enquiry.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding, West Mercia Police
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