Family appeal for help over man's death

THE family of a young man who died after a night out have called on the public to help police piece together exactly what happened.Darran Baker, 22, was taken seriously ill on the streets of Newmarket during the early hours of Sunday morning.

THE family of a young man who died after a night out have called on the public to help police piece together exactly what happened.

Darran Baker, 22, was taken seriously ill on the streets of Newmarket during the early hours of Sunday morning. He died at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, that afternoon.

Suffolk Police is currently investigating his death and believe he had taken a quantity of ecstasy tablets described as speckled two-tone pink pills with kangaroo shapes cut into them.

A post-mortem into the death of Mr Baker, from Burwell, near Newmarket, was carried out at West Suffolk Hospital but the cause of death was “unascertained” and officers are now waiting for the results of further tests.


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In a statement released yesterday, his family said: “Last Saturday night Darran was out in Newmarket. Whilst he was out he became extremely unwell and tragically passed away at West Suffolk Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

“We would like to offer our thanks to the police and medical services for all they did to try to help Darran.

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“The police are undertaking an investigation with which we are fully co-operating. We wish to make no statement until that investigation has clearly established the facts but would ask anyone with any information that could help the police inquiry to contact them and assist them.

“Whilst we recognise and acknowledge this type of incident is currently in the public eye, as a family we ask that the media respect our privacy, as this a very difficult time for us.”

A 27-year-old man from Newmarket was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs on Monday and was later released on police bail until October 9. Two people arrested in connection with the unexplained on Tuesday have also been given bail.

The man and woman, both 22 and from Newmarket, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. Both were bailed to return to the town's police station on October 8.

Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean officially opened an inquest into Mr Baker's death on Wednesday morning at Shire Hall, Bury. The hearing was adjourned and a full inquest would be held at a later date.

Health experts have warned of the dangers of pills such as ecstasy and claimed a new design had been seen in London nightclubs.

John Ramsay, director of Tictac Communications, a national drugs database used by the police, said: “We have seen these tablets before in some of the bigger London clubs. Most of the people who die from ecstasy have taken similar types of tablets, but have had some sort of adverse reaction.”

Professor John Henry, a clinical toxicologist at Imperial College, London, said: “There are only 40 ecstasy-related deaths a year and they are normally relatively innocent young people, rather than hardened addicts.”

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