‘He was pouring with blood’ - Witnesses describe scene of stabbing in Moffat Avenue, Ipswich

Forensic teams at the scene after an assault in Moffat Avenue, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Forensic teams at the scene after an assault in Moffat Avenue, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

A woman who was the first to help a teenage boy after he was stabbed in Ipswich has said she simply “did what needed to be done”.

Police cordoned off part of Moffat Avenue in Ipswich after a reported stabbing. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Police cordoned off part of Moffat Avenue in Ipswich after a reported stabbing. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

Danielle Mutch put pressure on the 16-year-old’s wound in the side of his torso as it was “pouring with blood” until emergency services arrived at the scene in Moffat Avenue yesterday afternoon.

The 34-year-old carer, who lives in the area, said: “I came out and there was a lad laying on the floor.

“Because I’m first aid trained I went over and he was pouring with blood.

“I checked his airways and my friend was keeping him conscious. I found the wound and put pressure on it until the police turned up.

“He was responding, but he was very short of breath. He was still conscious. There was a lot of blood.

“Your adrenaline kicks in. It’s just one of those things.

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“My friend was there and someone said is anyone a first aider, and I’m a carer so I ran over and did what needed to be done.

“I’m not taking any glory, it’s just something you do in the moment. I’m just glad he was OK.”

Emergency services, including several police cars and an air ambulance, were called to Moffat Avenue around 3.50pm yesterday to reports that someone had been stabbed during a fight between a group of men.

The victim was taken to Ipswich Hospital and this morning police confirmed he is in a stable condition.

Six people, all aged between 15 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident.

They have all been released while investigations continue.

Suffolk Constabulary has not confirmed at this stage what weapon was used.

Lucy Beckett, manager at the nearby St Elizabeth Hospice charity shop in Selkirk Road, witnessed the assault.

The 28-year-old said: “It was chaos. It was boys confronting each other and fighting and it all escalated.

“I have never seen anything like that before. It makes you feel uneasy, especially with a lot of elderly volunteers here.”

Ipswich borough councillor Alasdair Ross, who represents the Rushmere ward, where the incident happened, has called for greater education among young people about the dangers of carrying a weapon.