Ipswich/Rendlesham ‘Superman’ ecstasy deaths: Another man in Ipswich Hospital after claiming to have taken suspected ‘Superman’ drug
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Another man was in hospital in Ipswich today after telling police he took a drug bearing the Superman insignia, it has emerged.
The 37-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in the town centre in the early hours of this morning.
The man “became unwell” and told officers that he had taken a pill marked with a Superman logo, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said.
The man was admitted to the emergency department at Ipswich Hospital in the early hours of this morning. He has since been discharged. Investigating officers are expected to speak to him today.
The news prompted police to reissue their warning over a dangerous batch of ecstasy tablets and comes after it was announced this morning that officers investigating the deaths of three men in Suffolk believed to be linked to a suspected batch of rogue drugs have charged one man and bailed two others.
Adrian Lubecki, 19, 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 was remanded in custody to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich tomorrow.
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 in mid-February.
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The arrests follow the deaths of two young men in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and a third man in Rendlesham.
Police are linking the deaths of the 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 are 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 Ipswich Hospital where he is “making a recovery”, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said.
The force spokesman later confirmed the man is no longer in a critical condition, adding: “I can confirm that the man will be further spoken to as part of coronial reports and any linked criminal investigation.”
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, of Suffolk Constabulary, 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.
Officers are also looking at potential links to similar deaths elsewhere in the country – the death of a man in Telford, Shropshire, is being linked to the rogue drugs.
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, or at the following local agencies in Ipswich: CRI, St Matthews Street; MVA Team, 70 – 74 St Helens Street; Fire Service, Princes Street, Ipswich
If you have taken illegal drugs or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs call Suffolk Constabulary 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: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 776600.