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Police call off suspicious death inquiry

PUBLISHED: 06:22 03 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES have called off an investigation into the death of a 17-year-old youth in Suffolk after a post mortem examination revealed he had been suffering from a serious heart condition.

DETECTIVES have called off an investigation into the death of a 17-year-old youth in Suffolk after a post mortem examination revealed he had been suffering from a serious heart condition.

Five people had been arrested and questioned by detectives after the young man died in Ipswich Hospital on Saturday night.

Paramedics were called to a house in Shakespeare Road, Ipswich, at around 8pm on Saturday and found the teenager unconscious. Police were also called, but the youngster died in Ipswich Hospital less than an hour later.

A 53-year-old woman, a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old youth and a 23 year-old man were arrested at the house, and another youth, aged 18, was subsequently arrested in Ipswich.

The Suffolk police helicopter was also deployed on Saturday evening, and eyewitnesses say it was hovering over the Whitton area for around an hour.

The 14-year-old was later released on police bail and the other four people were being questioned by detectives yesterday .

However, a post mortem examination was carried out yesterday afternoon and police said last night they were no longer treating the death of the 17-year-old, who has not been named, as suspicious.

All five people who had been arrested were released without charge.

A police spokesman said the post mortem examination revealed the teenager had a "seriously diseased heart".

He added: "Although further tests are being carried out and an inquest is likely to be held, police are no longer treating the death as suspicious."

The coroner will be informed and an inquest into the teenager's death is likely to take place at a later date.


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