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Warning after drugs-related deaths in Suffolk

By Sammi Nice

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Police are re-issuing their warning around a dangerous batch of ecstasy tablets after another man was admitted to hospital after claiming to have taken the drug.

An investigation is currently underway into the recent deaths of two young men in Ipswich, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, believed to be linked to a dangerous batch of ecstasy tablets.

The death of a third man in Rendlesham is also under investigation.

A 37-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in Ipswich town centre on Sunday, January 4.

The man became unwell and disclosed to officers that he had taken a pill marked with a superman logo.

The man was admitted to A&E at Ipswich Hospital on Sunday, January 4. He has since been discharged.

Police are urging anyone in possession of the red triangular pills marked with a distinctive superman logo to hand them in to prevent further deaths or harm.

Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton said: “It is concerning that we have another report of a member of the public requiring medical treatment after taking a pill of the same description already under investigation.

“I would like to re-emphasise the messages we have given out so far – if anyone is in possession of these distinctive looking pills, please do not take them or pass them on, please hand them in to police or one of the other agencies listed.

“Our number one priority is to remove these drugs from our communities and prevent any further harm.”

To date, none of the drugs described have been handed in to police or partners.

Police are linking the deaths of two men in Ipswich, a 22 year old man in Bramford Lane on Christmas Eve and a 24 year old man in Provan Court on New Year’s Day, to the drug and investigating links to a third death, that of a 20 year old man in Chestnut Close, Rendlesham, also on January 1.

A second man found in a serious condition at the Provan Court address was rushed to hospital where he is making a recovery.

A man has been charged and two men have been bailed following arrests made as part of the investigation into the deaths.

19-year-old Adrian Lubecki of St Matthews Street in Ipswich has been charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs (ecstasy) and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court today (January 5).

A 20-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from Ipswich, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs have been released on police bail pending further investigation.

Both are due to return to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday, February 18.

Officers are also looking at potential links to similar deaths elsewhere in the country including in the West Mercia area. The deaths have been referred to the Suffolk Coroner and inquests will open in due course.

Anyone in possession of the drug is asked to surrender it to police, in person or by calling 101.

Members of the public who have taken illegal drugs or know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.

Anyone with any information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs call Suffolk Police on 101 or pass information anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the Talk To Frank website:

http://www.talktofrank.com/Link to an external website or call the 24 hour National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00

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