Ipswich stabbing victim remains in hospital with serious injuries

The scene of the stabbing in Downside Close

The scene of the stabbing in Downside Close - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A teenager who suffered serious injuries in an Ipswich stabbing yesterday remains in a stable condition in hospital, it has been confirmed.

Suffolk police were called to the scene at Downside Close shortly before 4.50pm on Monday, January 25, to reports an 18-year-old man had been stabbed.

The victim was taken to hospital by car where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

There is no longer a police presence at the Ipswich stabbing scene, though forensic officers were seen returning this morning

There is no longer a police presence at the Ipswich stabbing scene, though forensic officers were seen returning this morning - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Detectives are continuing to question a 17-year-old boy from Ipswich who was arrested in connection with the attack yesterday and he remains in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

The force has reassured the public that the incident is being treated as an isolated crime and not being linked to anything else at this time.

Officers have also confirmed they are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with the attack.

Forensics officers were seen earlier today at the scene, however the rest of the residential area is back to normal with no signs of police presence.

Christopher Hudson, Conservative councillor for the area, said he was "horrified" to hear the news.

Conservative councillor for Belstead Christopher Hudson

Conservative councillor for Belstead Christopher Hudson - Credit: Simon Lee

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"It is just awful news," he said. "It is a terrible reminder of darker times we have known before. We must redouble our efforts to minimise the threat of knife crime through all the resources we can muster.

"We don't want crimes like this to become a trend."

Jamie Hart, one of the founders of Suffolk-based Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation, said the incident was a shock to everyone in Ipswich.

Paul Stansby and Jamie Hart (left) founded the Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation

Paul Stansby and Jamie Hart (left) founded the Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation - Credit: Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation

He said: "There's not a lot of work we can do at the minute given lockdown and we're gutted about that, but people need to be aware that stuff like this is still happening.

"Our main goal is to spread awareness but no one wants to take a leaflet from your hand nowadays and there aren't any gatherings to attend either.

"Even with the virus going on people need to remember that tensions can still cause issues when everyone is meant to be staying at home."

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House, quoting reference 3997/21.

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