Police say gun attack at home in Ipswich’s Grove Lane was ‘targeted’

Police at the scene of an incident in Grove Lane, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police at the scene of an incident in Grove Lane, Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Armed police were on the streets of Ipswich tonight after a group of males brandishing guns reportedly stormed a home near the town centre.

Suffolk Constabulary was called at 4.55pm to reports that five males had entered a property in Grove Lane, two of them wielding guns.

The three occupants of the home, two females and one male, were allegedly threatened with the weapons and one person was assaulted, sustaining minor injuries.

The offenders then ran away.

Armed officers were sent to the scene and carried out a search of the area.

The National Police Air Service helicopter was also deployed.

At around 6.20pm, officers arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.

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He has been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said detectives “currently believe that this was a targeted incident”.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A crime scene is in place in the vicinity of the property.

Grove Lane was closed to traffic as the drama unfolded, but has now reopened.

One anonymous witness described scenes of “chaos”.

They said: “Just driven up Grove Lane Ipswich and there are armed police in the street and four police cars blocking Grove Lane going down.”

The witness added: “It is chaos.”

• In Suffolk Constabulary’s initial statement, it said two males had entered the property and two occupants were threatened