Framlingham/ Bury St Edmunds: Man charged over suspected drug death of Steven Clow

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A 22-year-old from Bury St Edmunds is to appear in connection with the death of a man from a suspected drug overdose.

Steven Clow, 37, was found dead at his Garrards Court flat in Fore Street, Framlingham, early on the morning of May 28.

Christopher Wenham-Gibbs was arrested shortly after Mr Clow’s body was discovered.

He was taken to the police investigation centre at Suffolk Constabulary’s Martlesham headquarters for questioning, before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

However, when Wenham-Gibbs answered his bail on Wednesday he was charged with supplying a Class A drug.


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His first court appearance is scheduled to be at North East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Lowestoft next month.

It is understood the allegation facing Wenham-Gibbs involves a substance called Oramorph.

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The drug is an oral solution containing morphine sulphate, an opioid painkiller, normally used to treat severe pain.

It is often used as medication for cancer patients or those with a severe injury.

Mr Clow’s heart was said to have stopped after he collapsed at his home.

Paramedics were called just after 6.30am and found Mr Clow in cardiac arrest.

A volunteer doctor from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) charity was also sent to assist East of England Ambulance NHS Trust crews.

However, despite prolonged resuscitation attempts Mr Clow was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and the coroner’s office were called to attend just before 7am.

AnneMarie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, confirmed a charge had now been brought in relation to Mr Clow’s death.

She said: “Christopher Wenham-Gibbs, 22, of Tayfen Road in Bury St Edmunds, has been charged with supplying a class A drug on May 28 at Framlingham.

“He has now been bailed to appear at North East Suffolk Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 1.”

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