'Superman' ecstasy pills: Fourth man dies after 'taking faulty drugs'

The 27-year-old was found dead on New Year's Day

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A fourth man has died as a possible result of taking an ecstasy pill from a faulty batch  of drugs imprinted with a Superman symbol.

The 27-year-old was found dead at a property on Woodside Road in Ketley, Telford, at about 1.45pm on New Year’s Day.

West Mercia Police believe his death may be linked to that of three others in Suffolk over the past few days. Officers there are linking the deaths of two men in Ipswich, aged 22 and 24, with that of a 20-year-old in Rendlesham.

The pills involved are believed to be red and triangular, and embossed with an "S" Superman sign.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Paley said: "It is not only illegal to buy and sell drugs but can also be very dangerous. We are urging the public not to be tempted to take illegal drugs – you don’t know what they are made of or where they have come from.

"We are eager to hear from anyone who has been offered drugs in the Telford area recently. Alert police so that we can remove these dangerous drugs off the streets."

Meanwhile, Ipswich Policing Commander Superintendent Louisa Pepper urged people to avoid the dangerous pills.

"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 inquiry. In the meantime, we will be stepping up our efforts to warn local communities."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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