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Police say third Ipswich stabbing is ‘not directly linked’ to previous events

PUBLISHED: 17:26 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 21:19 14 June 2018

Stabbing at McDonald's in Ravenswood, Ipswich

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Suffolk police investigating a stabbing in south east Ipswich are continuing to question four people in connection with the incident.

Police were called at around 7.30pm yesterday evening, Wednesday 13 June, to reports that a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed outside the McDonald’s in Ravenswood Avenue.

A police spokesperson said: “The victim remains in hospital receiving treatment and his condition is currently described as stable.

“He is currently described as conscious and is talking with his family and friends.”

An 18 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, a 20 year old man and a 22 year old man have both been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and a 17 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife & affray.

The four suspects are from the local area in Ipswich.

They remain in police custody for questioning.

Officers are continuing to follow various enquiries and these will continue in the coming days.

Officers are treating it as a targeted attack and believe that the people involved were known to each other.

Police are not directly linking it to the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens on Saturday 2 June or to the stabbing in the early morning of Monday 11 June.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Supt. Marina Ericson of the Major Investigation Team said: “We know members of the community will be sitting on very valuable information which could help us.

“Now is the time to do the right thing and to talk to us and give us that information or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. “This was yet another appalling and shocking attack on a young man, so we urge people who have some knowledge of this incident to come forward and speak to us.”

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who were in the area of McDonald’s, between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday 13 June to make contact.

The mobile police station will remain in place at the Hening Avenue area of Ravenswood for the next few days. Members of the public can expect to see a continuation of the increased police presence in Ipswich this evening, with additional high-visibility patrols taking place across the town. Our wider work on engaging with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area and to assist in reassuring the community will also continue over the coming days.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably by uploading information to the online portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/814, or failing that by dialling 101 and quoting reference 37/32508/18.

Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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