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Five held after man hurt in fight

PUBLISHED: 12:31 31 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

FIVE men are in police custody today after a man was injured in Ipswich in a fight which initial reports suggested was a shooting.

Police confirmed they were called to the address in Burrell Road at about 12.

FIVE men are in police custody today after a man was injured in Ipswich in a fight which initial reports suggested was a shooting.

Police confirmed they were called to the address in Burrell Road at about 12.30am by a resident who told them a fight was taking place.

A 34-year-old man from London was taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital where he is being kept in for observation.

Reports earlier this morning suggested the man had been shot and was seen staggering toward the forecourt of Ipswich Railway Station where he tried to get a taxi.

At the time a spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said: "We had four calls to a patient with a gunshot wound near Ipswich Railway Station. We were called at 12.44am and we left the scene at 12.05am with one patient.

"He was a 25-year-old male who was taken to Ipswich Hospital. We don't know how serious or otherwise his injuries are."

However, later in the morning a spokesman for the service, while confirming they took one man from the scene to hospital, said they had the incident recorded as "an assault" and that there was no indication of the man having suffered gunshot wounds.

Today the address where the fight is alleged to have taken place was sealed off with police tape and neighbours were waking to news of the drama that had taken place on their doorstep.

Nobody knew anything about what had happened at the Burrell Road address in the early hours of the morning having seen and heard nothing.

Meanwhile, investigations have begun into the assault on the 34-year-old man and police are questioning five Ipswich men, aged 19, 20, 21, 26 and 30, who were arrested in connection with the incident.

Detectives are carrying out further enquiries into the assault and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the fight.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Ged Carlon at Ipswich CID on 01473 383133 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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