Officers have been granted an additional 24 hours to stop and search people in Ipswich after an 18-year-old was fatally stabbed in the town centre. 

Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called to reports that a man had been stabbed in Westgate Street at about 3.35pm on Tuesday

Overnight Suffolk police confirmed that an 18-year-old died following the incident

A mobile police station has been placed in the Cornhill. Members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident or any other concerns they may have. 

The station will be open until 10pm this evening and between 10am and 10pm on Thursday. 

Officers are continuing to search for two men who they believe are involved in the assault. 

After the incident one suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill.  

A section 60, which grants officers more stop and search powers was implemented at 5pm on Tuesday for a 24-hour period. 

This has now been extended for a further 24 hours. 

Floral tributes have been left at the scene

One message to the 18-year-old said: "We all love you. We will meet again some day bro."

Superintendent Andy Martin said: “Following the devastating murder in Ipswich yesterday afternoon, I have tonight authorised an extension of the S.60 in place for Ipswich.

Ipswich Star: Superintendent Andy MartinSuperintendent Andy Martin (Image: Suffolk police)

"This measure has been taken to continue supporting proactive efforts in response to the incident and does not represent a wider risk to the town.

“I want to thank the continued support of the public and our partners.

"Officers will be based near to the Town Hall over the coming days within our mobile police pod, and I would ask anyone with any information or concerns or those just seeking advice to make contact.

"There will be heightened police activity within the town over the coming days in addition to our continued presence as part of our long-term commitment to making Ipswich a safer place."