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Strong police presence remains where boy, 15, was shot in Kesgrave

PUBLISHED: 07:57 08 September 2020 | UPDATED: 10:12 08 September 2020

A police cordon remains in place at Friends Walk in Kesgrave  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A police cordon remains in place at Friends Walk in Kesgrave Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A police cordon remains in place around the scene where a Year 11 student was shot in Kesgrave.

Police remain on the scene in Kesgrave where a 15-year-old boy was shot yesterday  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPolice remain on the scene in Kesgrave where a 15-year-old boy was shot yesterday Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Two uniformed officers were this morning standing outside Friends Walk, where the shooting took place. The road is still closed with police tape.

A white police forensics tent can also still be seen, while at the entrance to the cul-de-sac there is a pre-fabricated police pod.

Yesterday, a Kesgrave High School pupil, aged 15, was shot around 8.40am while on his way to school.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital at around 10am. Last night, police said
he remained in a critical condition receiving medical treatment.

Suffolk police have since confirmed a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich.

Friends Walk remained cordoned off Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFriends Walk remained cordoned off Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The boy, from the Woodbridge area, remains in police custody for questioning.

Assistant chief constable Rob Jones said officers are treating the incident as an isolated attack.

Mr Jones said: “Our immediate thoughts at this time are with the victim of this horrific incident and his family, who we are providing full support to.

“I understand this attack will have caused a great deal of alarm and distress to the people of Kesgrave and the surrounding area, but we are now satisfied that this was an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the local community.

A 15-year-old boy who was shot on the Grange Farm estate in Kesgrave yesterday remains in a critical condition  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA 15-year-old boy who was shot on the Grange Farm estate in Kesgrave yesterday remains in a critical condition Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe and I would like to stress that crimes such as this are extremely rare in Suffolk. This is an area with a number of schools nearby and going forward, parents should not be concerned about dropping off or collecting their children.

“However, there will be additional officers on patrol in Kesgrave to provide reassurance and I would encourage anyone with any concerns or information to speak to them.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting crime reference 52067/20.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website.


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