Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of patients cared for by consultant surgeon Sudip Sarker, while he was working in Worcestershire.
Mr Sarker was employed by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
North Worcestershire Superintendent Kevin Purcell said the investigation began after officers received a letter in December last year.
He said: “We were made aware that there were a number of concerns in relation to the deaths of patients in 2012 who had been under Mr Sarker’s care.
"We are in the early stages of obtaining the relevant information from hospitals and other health organisations in order to conduct our investigation.
“We cannot be specific about numbers at this time but can confirm that the deaths of three patients whose joint inquest was adjourned in December (2013) form part of this inquiry.
"The families of those people have been informed and updated on the situation."
More than 2,000 cannabis plants - worth more than £600,000 on the street - were discovered in a police raid on an old Royal Mail sorting office in Herefordshire.
Police today said it was the biggest cannabis factory ever discovered in the county.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of producing the Class B drug.
A total of 2,180 cannabis plants plus growing equipment were seized by the officers, who executed the warrant in Bromyard.
The raid was carried out after passers-by reported a strong smell of cannabis.
In terms of value, this is one of the biggest investigations West Mercia Police has ever conducted into the illegal drugs trade.
While we have seized approximately £10million worth of Class A and B drugs, we think it is only the tip of an iceberg. We believe the conspiracy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of drugs being smuggled into the UK.
We also have evidence that shows these drugs have been sold from the West Midlands region to organised criminal groups nationally who are dealing drugs across the country.
Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region and in the Netherlands.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import a Class A controlled drug and a Class B controlled drug.
The operation has been ongoing since November 2012 and during that time £10million of drugs have been seized.
Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region as well as in the Netherlands as part of an operation into the importation of cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA, the main constituent of Ecstasy.
It follows nine arrests made in Newent, Glos, on 4th July 2013, when drugs with a street value of almost £4 million were also seized.
A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at a house in Hanbury near Drotiwich.
Officers were called to out to an address in the village yesterday afternoon, where a woman in her forties was found.
A woman has been charged with giving poison to a girl in Herefordshire.
Mary Kidson, aged 55 and from Ledbury, is due to appear in court on January 29, on three counts of of administering poison to a female juvenile with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.
The charges follow a lengthy investigation by police at Hereford, working with Children’s Services and the local health authority
Ms Kidson, of Ledbury, has been on police bail while inquiries were ongoing.
The allegations relate to a child who is now aged in her teens and are alleged to have taken place between December 2010 and March 2013.
A woman has died and a man has been seriously hurt in a car crash which happened in what West Midlands Ambulance have described as 'difficult weather conditions'.
The collision, which involved three cars, happened on the A458 at Ford, near Shrewsbury, at around 9:30pm last night.
The woman, who was a rear seat passenger, is believed to be in her 60s.
The M42 motorway and the A38 have been closed for more than twenty hours due to a police incident.
Officers say a man threatening to harm himself is still on a bridge over the motorway.
The M42 is closed between the M5 and junction 1 at Bromsgrove.
The A38 Birmingham Road is closed northbound between Bromsgrove and the M42, and southbound between Catshill and the M42.
The policing commander for north Worcestershire has asked the public for patience over the closure of the M42 today, as West Mercia Police deal with an incident near the junction with the M5.
The road has been closed since 12.45pm. The A38 bridge that crosses the motorway has also been closed.
We understand the frustration of the public, especially now that this episode has gone on for a number of hours.
We are doing all we can to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, and are following national guidelines, while our number one priority is the protection of life.