Warning after Suffolk drugs deaths

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People in Suffolk are being warned of a rogue batch of ecstasy tablets that are being blamed for three deaths in the county.

Police have issued a description of the type of drugs that they believe may be related to three deaths that have happened over the past 8 days in the Ipswich area.

Two people died on Thursday, January 1 and one is in hospital as a result of what police believe could be a dangerous batch of drugs.

One man also died in Ipswich on 24 December in what police believe was a drugs related incident.

Police were alerted at around 7.10am on Thursday by the ambulance service to a man who had been found seriously unwell at an address on Chestnut Close, Rendlesham.

The man, who was believed to be in his 20s, received treatment at the scene but was sadly pronounced dead.

At approximately 9.40am on Thursday, the ambulance service contacted police with reports that two men were unwell at an address at Provan Court, Ipswich.

Police and paramedics attended and despite receiving treatment, one man believed to be in his 20s was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A second person was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Officers are currently investigating the deaths and believe they could have been a result of taking ecstasy.

Chief Inspector Steve Denham said: “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.”

Police believe the deaths may be linked and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.