Police continue inquiry into electrocution death

IPSWICH: Police investigating a burglary which led to the electrocution of an Ipswich man were continuing with their enquiries today.

Detectives believe Jonathan Ehlert, 30, was killed as he attempted to break in to a substation in Ransomes Way on April 14.

The investigation is currently centring on a second man who is thought to have called an ambulance.

He flagged down paramedics as they arrived at the scene before fleeing.

Police are urging the man to come forward to help in the investigation as they piece together the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.


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The Evening Star understands detectives are investigating the possibility that a third man may also have been involved in the burglary.

The ambulance service alerted police at 11.26pm to a report they had received of a man having been electrocuted.

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The results of Mr Ehlert’s post mortem are due to be revealed soon. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the rear doors to the substation had been forced open and cutting tools were found nearby.

Neighbouring businesses suffered loss of power for about an hour, with one 24-hour factory operation having to send up to 40 workers home for the night.

For health and safety reasons, staff at the Cinram unit across the road had to go home six hours before the end of their shift, leaving the DVD printing business with a considerable backlog to catch up with.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

n Would you like to pay tribute to Jonathan Ehlert? E-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk or write to Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 !AN.

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