Ipswich: ITFC stabbing claim by Hollesley prisoner

IPSWICH: Police and paramedics were called after a Hollesley Bay prisoner alleged another inmate had stabbed him while they were on work placement at Ipswich Town Football Club.

The injured 26-year-old suffered what was described to the emergency services as a “slice to his ear”. However, the man retracted his initial report when he told officers and medical staff that he had sustained the cut after falling down a flight of stairs before colliding with a metal cabinet.

Following treatment at the club, the man was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Both prisoners have now been recalled to Hollesley Bay and are no longer working at Portman Road.

The ambulance service confirmed paramedics were called to the club’s entrance in Constantine Road at just after 1.30pm on March 9 following reports of an assault.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary added no arrests were made as the injured man told officers it was an accident, after originally stating he had been assaulted.

It is the second incident involving prisoners from the open jail working at the club in four months. Three prisoners on work placement at the club were arrested in November after a female security guard was allegedly robbed of a cash box at McDonalds in Ranelagh Road in November.

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The 36-year-old from Woodbridge, 58-year-old from Ipswich and 44-year-old from London are currently on police bail.

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