Ipswich man believes critically ill son could have taken bad batch of ecstasy in Colchester

Suffolk police have been provided an image of a tablet similar to those sought connected to deaths i

Suffolk police have been provided an image of a tablet similar to those sought connected to deaths in the county. In December, the Dutch Trimbos drug addiction clinic issued a warning about a dangerous type of ecstasy pill in circulation in the Netherlands. - Credit: NFI 2014

The father of a man who is critically ill in hospital believes his son could also have fallen foul of dangerous batch of ecstasy – and warned others to stay clear of drugs.

The Ipswich man, who has asked not to be identified, contacted the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star after reading of three deaths in Suffolk over the Christmas period.

Police are investigating a series of deaths thought to be linked to a batch of red ecstasy pills, bearing the Superman logo.

His son, 25, had to be resuscitated by paramedics at a flat in Colchester on December 13, and was later put into an induced coma.

Although he has since come out of the coma, he remains in a critical condition in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, where he was transferred to be closer to Wisbech where he lives.

The father said one of his son’s friends had told him he had taken ecstasy – and he now believes it could be the same batch of drugs linked to the deaths.

He said: “Young people always think it is not going to happen to them.

“All drugs are wrong, but they are not celebrities spending thousands of pounds. They are buying cheap rubbish.

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“It is not only illegal to use them but wherever they are coming from you are in part moving in criminal circles.

“Why are these youngsters taking the risk? How can we get the message out there?

“My son’s so-called friends have closed up, but they are the ones supplying the drugs, watching them take them, causing the peer pressure.

“I have been there, holding my grown son in my arms while he was being sick all over the place, and none of them were there.”

He said his son had had an “unfortunate” problem with drugs since the age of 15, but had been in the process of turning his life around after moving away from Essex.

However it appeared he had been talked into old habits while attending a memorial service in Colchester last month.

“You can’t do anything except be there for them,” the man added.

“My son was not fighting for his life, he was being kept alive. Luckily he is now breathing on his own, but it is not over.