Ipswich man charged with five assaults after alleged altercation outside Felixstowe church

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An Ipswich man is to appear in court accused of a string of offences after an alleged altercation outside a Felixstowe church.

The incident is said to have taken place at Trinity Methodist Church in Hamilton Road between 4pm and 4.15pm on June 14 as a children’s party was being held inside.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said as a result of an inquiry police have charged Joseph Stiff, of Partridge Road in Ipswich, with five counts of assault by beating, criminal damage, threatening behaviour and drink driving.

The 32-year-old was charged on Tuesday after answering his police bail.

He now due to appear to make his first appearance on the allegations at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on August 18.

During the alleged incident a 28-year-old woman was said to have suffered a broken tooth and reddening to one of her cheeks, while a man suffered injuries to his hand.

A 37-year-old man suffered swelling to his face and bruising to his arm. Another woman was left with pain in one of her hands and her head.