Three men arrested over series of drugs-related deaths

Three men have been arrested in connection with a series of drugs-related deaths in Suffolk.

The men, aged 19, 20 and 26, all from Ipswich, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

It follows the deaths of three young men on Christmas Eve and New Year's Day who police believe took a "dangerous batch" of ecstasy.

The death of a fourth man in Telford, Shropshire is also being linked to the drugs.

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Tests reveal 'Superman' pills did contain PMMA

The red pills have a Superman logo on. Credit: ITV News

Tests on red "Superman" pills linked to four deaths have revealed they did contain the dangerous ingredient PMMA.

Police recovered more than 400 of the pills, which produce a similar reaction to ecstasy, at a public place in Ipswich on Sunday. It followed an appeal for people in possession of them to hand them in.

As well as being linked to the four deaths of young men over the Christmas period, two men have been admitted to hospital in Suffolk possibly as a result of taking the drug.

The pills, which are slow to work, cause symptoms such as shaking and sweating, a high temperature and severely raised heart rate.

One man has been charged over supplying the drugs while two others remain on bail.

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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.

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."

'Superman' pills linked to deaths of three men

Police believe the deaths of three men in Suffolk are linked to a "dangerous batch of drugs" which appeared in the Netherlands last month.

The 'superman' pill which is being linked to the deaths of three people in Suffolk. Credit: SWNS

The pills, believed to be red and triangular with an "S" Superman emblem, had a large concentration of PMMA, which acts more slowly than MDMA.

This can encourage people to take more pills as they do not think it is having an effect.

PMMA can cause a high body temperature and an increased heart rate.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said this is the first time they have come across pills matching this description.

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Police urge anyone offered ecstasy to come forward

Police have urged anyone who has been recently offered ecstasy in the Ipswich area to come forward following the deaths of two people.

Suffolk Police said the deaths of the two men on New Year's Day and another man on Christmas Eve could be linked to a "dangerous batch of drugs".

As well as it being illegal to sell and buy drugs, it can also be very dangerous as we have sadly seen with these tragic deaths.

We would urge everyone not to be tempted to take illegal drugs, you don't know where they have come from, what they are made up of, or how your body will react to them.

If you have been offered drugs in the Ipswich area over the past few weeks, in particular ecstasy, we'd urge you to contact us with any information so that we can find those responsible and remove these dangerous drugs from the streets.

– Chief Inspector Steve Denham

Two people die 'after taking dangerous batch of drugs'

Two people have died and a third is in hospital as a result of what police believe could be a "dangerous batch of drugs".

Suffolk Police were called to Rendlesham at 7.10am following peports that a man in his 20s was unwell. He was treated by the emergency services, but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police then called to an address in Ipswich at 9.40am after two more men were reported to be unwell. One man, also believed to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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