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Three charged over Buckinghamshire bodybuilding drug death

Sean Cleathero
Image caption Sean Cleathero was described by his family as "fun, loving and caring"

Three people have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a man who took a drug linked to bodybuilders.

Sean Cleathero, 28, is believed to have taken the substance 2, 4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), according to police.

The father-of-one was taken ill and died in hospital in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 17 October 2012.

DNP is an industrial chemical not suitable for human consumption but is sometimes used for burning fat.

Thames Valley Police said Peter Purkins, 46, of Heather Walk, Hazlemere; Jamie Chivers, 43, of Spring Gardens Road, High Wycombe; and Jason King, 41, of Hazell Road, Prestwood, Great Missenden, have been charged with manslaughter, conspiracy to produce a class C drug (anabolic steroids) and conspiracy to supply a class C drug.

Laura Hague, 22, of Orchard Grove, Chalfont St Peter, has been charged with conspiracy to produce a class C drug, conspiracy to supply a class C drug and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

They have all been released on bail to appear before Wycombe Magistrates' Court on 27 September.

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