Two arrests after 16-year-old attacked with knife in Ipswich

Police stock image. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Suffolk police issued stop and search powers after the attack in Ipswich (file photo)

Two men have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a knife attack in Ipswich yesterday.

The incident happened in Barrack Lane, off Norwich Road, shortly before 1.30pm, Suffolk police said.

Suffolk police has now confirmed a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and an 18-year-old man was held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and affray on Monday evening.

Police located the victim, who suffered a serious laceration to his shoulder, in the St Matthew’s Street area a short while later.

He was taken to hospital for treatment, but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Police enquiries have established that an initial altercation took place in nearby Cecil Road just before 1.30pm, where the victim and a friend were involved in a confrontation on a driveway with a male on a bicycle.

The victim and his friend then ran off the driveway towards Geneva Road and Barrack Lane followed by the male on the bicycle.

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When in Barrack Lane, the victim fell over and was struck over the shoulder with a large knife by the male on the bicycle.

The suspect then got back on his bike and cycled away towards Geneva Road. The victim and his friend ran away across to the other side of Barrack Corner towards St Matthew’s Street.

Detectives do not believe the incident was a random attack and are currently working to establish the motive behind it.

They are also keen to trace the driver of a silver Renault Megane, which was seen in Cecil Road and followed the group into Barrack Lane, before turning around and travelling in the same direction as the suspect after the attack as he made off towards of Geneva Road.

They were both taken to Martlesham police investigation centre for questioning, where they remain.

Suffolk police issued Section 60 powers, which allowed officers to stop and search, for a 24-hour period after the attack.

Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to contact Suffolk police, quoting crime reference number 6422/22.