Attempted murder arrest as woman found with stab wounds in Nacton

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains i

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains in place at the scene. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was found with stab wounds near Ipswich.

Norfolk police received reports of a woman being seen in distress in the Yarmouth Road area of Kirby Cane, near Bungay, at 8.40am today (Monday, April 26).

The woman was seen being driven away.

At 11.20am, Suffolk police received reports that a woman had been found with stab wounds in Nacton.

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains i

Police attend the scene near Levington Road, Nacton after a woman was found with stab wounds - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The woman was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, with serious injuries and Levington Road is currently closed, with a cordon still in place at 5pm.

A man aged in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Detective Inspector Tom Smith, from Norfolk police,  said: “We are at the early stages of our investigation but enquiries are ongoing to establish the events leading up to the woman sustaining her injuries.

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"However, we do believe those involved are known to each other.”

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains i

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains in place at the scene. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

One of the neighbour's close to the scene, Sim Beckley, was "shocked" that something like this could happen in the Nacton area. 

"You don't think of this in a sleepy village like this do you?" Mr Beckley said. 

"I guessed it was something serious as I could see emergency services flying about. I hope the girl is alright.

"You don't expect this down here, more up Manchester and London and all that. Not down here. I'm shocked, more than anything."

Police have closed Levington Road in Nacton, which leads onto Church Road. 

Police have closed Levington Road in Nacton, which leads onto Church Road. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A couple, who were out walking, said they heard the police cars and the helicopters just before lunch. 

The pair, who wanted to remain anonymous, reacted, saying: "Oh god. We've been wondering what they were doing."

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains i

Police attend the scene of an attempted murder on Levington Road towards Nacton. A cordon remains in place at the scene. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

In Kirby, some neighbours reported hearing shouts, while others expressed their shock at seeing up to nine police cars attending the scene.

One nearby resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I didn't know what was going on but when I went to the shop they were still there.

"I couldn't believe it when I found out why they're here. 

"This is such a quiet little village really."

Other neighbours said they weren't used to seeing such an emergency response, with one adding: "I've never seen one police car here, let alone nine."

John Gooch, who lives nearby, said: "All I saw was police cars there this morning.

"It wasn't really a shock because you see this sort of thing everywhere nowadays." 

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