Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of murdering an 18-year-old in Ipswich town centre last week.

Raymond James Quigley died after after being stabbed in Westgate Street on Tuesday afternoon, January 17.

Alfie Hammett, 18, of Larkhill Rise, Rushmere St Andrew, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The two teenagers have been charged with murder, as well as possession of a knife - in a public place.

Both wearing grey tracksuits, they spoke only to confirm their personal details.

No applications for bail were made and both defendants were remanded to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, January 25.

Hammett was remanded in custody while the 17-year-old was remanded to youth detention accommodation.

Officers were called at 3.35pm on Tuesday, January 17 to reports that a man had been stabbed in Westgate Street. 

Suffolk police later that evening confirmed that a man had died.

The incident happened between Marks & Spencer and Debenhams.

A cordon was put in place and officers were granted additional stop and search hours after the incident, initially until 5pm on Wednesday, but this was then extended for an additional 24 hours.

On Saturday evening, Suffolk Police confirmed two teenagers from the Ipswich area had been arrested.

The following evening, officers confirmed detectives had been granted an extra 36 hours to question the suspects over the stabbing.

Suffolk police named the victim as Raymond James Quigley, known as James, from Wymondham in Norfolk.

Mr Quigley suffered four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result, a Home Office post-mortem examination concluded.

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