A police cordon remains in place this morning after an 18-year-old man died following a stabbing in Ipswich town centre yesterday.

Officers were called at 3.35pm after reports that a male had been stabbed in Westgate Street.

Following the incident, police are searching for two suspects.

One suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Connick said: “This was a brazen attack in the town centre which will have caused great distress to anyone who witnessed it. Whilst enquiries are at an early stage, we believe this to be a targeted attack.

Ipswich Star: Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Ipswich on TuesdayPolice at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Ipswich on Tuesday (Image: Newsquest)

“There will be an increased police presence in Ipswich this evening and over the coming days to provide reassurance to local residents and businesses. We know that many people would have witnessed this attack and we urge you to make contact with us."

Police units, armed officers and a helicopter from the National Police Air Service were in attendance. 

A section of Westgate Street remained closed off shortly after 7am on Wednesday.

A Section 60 has been put in place which provides officers with additional powers to stop and search. 

Ipswich Star: The Section 60 covers a majority of IpswichThe Section 60 covers a majority of Ipswich (Image: Suffolk Constabulary)

This came into force at 4.59pm on Tuesday and will last for 24 hours.

The incident comes just over a week after 16-year-old Harley Barfield died following a knife attack in Haverhill, west Suffolk.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, quoting reference: CAD 245 of 17 January.