Death in West Mercia is linked to ‘Superman’ ecstasy pills that are thought to have killed three men in Suffolk over Christmas and New Year period

Air ambulance assists paramedics in Provan Court, Ipswich

Air ambulance assists paramedics in Provan Court, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Police investigating recent deaths linked to a dangerous batch of ecstasy in Suffolk are urging people to hand them in.

The pill, which is being linked to three deaths in Suffolk since Christmas Eve, is a red triangular tablet with a Superman motif.

Ipswich policing commander superintendent, Louisa Pepper, said the “number one priority” for police is to prevent anyone else from coming to harm:

“It’s clear that this drug is highly dangerous and we are urging anyone in possession of them not to take them,” she said.

“We want these drugs off the streets and not to fall into the wrong hands. To this end, we are asking people to surrender them either to police or to a number of other local agencies in Ipswich.

“Our investigation into these deaths continues and we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry. In the meantime, we will be stepping up our efforts to warn local communities.”

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.

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.

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Anyone in possession of the drug is asked to surrender it to police, in person or by calling 101, or at the following local agencies in Ipswich: CRI, St Matthews Street; MVA Team, 70 – 74 St Helens Street, and the Fire Service, in Princes Street,

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs should call Suffolk police on 101 or pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice, visit the Talk To Frank website: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00