Update/Video: Tributes paid to ‘real nice young boy’ who died in rogue ecstasy tragedy

Air ambulance assists paramedics in Provan Court, Ipswich

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

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has spoken of his shock and sadness following the deaths of three young men, thought to be linked to a rogue batch of drugs.

Suffolk police have provided an image of a tablet similar to those connected to deaths in the county

Suffolk police have provided an image of a tablet similar to those connected to deaths in the county. - Credit: NFI 2014

Two of the men died yesterday in Ipswich and Rendlesham, while the third death was on Christmas Eve in Ipswich. A fourth man was last night fighting for his life in hospital.

Detectives are linking the incidents to a dangerous batch of Ecstasy which comes in the form a triangle-shaped red pill bearing the ‘Superman’ insignia. They are appealing for help in tracing the source.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said he has been shocked by the tragedy.

He said: “It’s very sad indeed. I hope the police are able to trace the source of this very dangerous batch of drugs quickly.

“My heart goes out to the families who have lost someone in this way.

“It does show the dangers of unregulated drugs and it does show that everyone needs to take care. People should be realistic about drugs. If you are buying drugs you are never going to be sure about where they come from.”

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At 9.40am yesterday, the ambulance service contacted police with reports that two men were unwell at a property in Provan Court, Ipswich.

Police, ambulance crews, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a forensics van attended. One man in his early 20s was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to Ipswich Hospital in a life-threatening condition.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the man was no longer critical.

A resident of Provan Court, who knew the man that died, said he believed it was the victim’s 24th birthday on the day of his death.

“He was a lovely lad, most mornings when going to work he asked if I wanted a lift”, he said.

“He was a very good guy, a real nice young boy and it was a shock to hear.”

At 7.10am yesterday police were also alerted by the ambulance service to a man who was found seriously unwell at an address in Chestnut Close, Rendlesham.

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

Officers then also revealed that on Christmas Eve, a man in his 20s died in what is believed to be another drugs related incident in Bramford Lane, Ipswich, at 5.25pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Inspector Steve Denham, of Suffolk police, 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.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.