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Four more arrests made in conjuction with murder inquiry as police name victim

PUBLISHED: 15:59 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 04 June 2018

Tributes at the scene of the stabbing  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tributes at the scene of the stabbing Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


Officers were contacted at 4.50pm on Saturday 2 June to reports that a teenager had been stabbed in Packard Avenue. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment where he sadly later died.

The victim has now been formally identified as 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, of Pownall Road, Ipswich.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound.

Tavis had been walking back from the shops in Queen’s Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him.

They were then joined by four to five other males who further assaulted him, before all the offenders then fled the scene.

Officers have been pursing numerous lines of enquiry over the past two days and as a result have this afternoon, Monday 4 June, detained four more people in Essex in connection with this crime.

The four males, who are aged 16, 18, 20 and 22 (and who all have links to Ipswich) have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and will now be brought back to Suffolk for questioning.

A 41-year-old man from the Ipswich area who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder on Saturday evening, remains in custody after detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, where they were granted an additional 36 hours to question him which will expire just after 8pm tomorrow evening.

Packard Avenue has now reopened after being closed whilst officers carried-out forensic enquiries.

Additional police patrols are continuing in the vicinity of the attack and across Ipswich to offer reassurance to residents, and officers are maintaining an ongoing dialogue with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area.

A police pod is now in place near to the junction of Packard Road and King’s Way to enable members of the public to speak to police officers directly.

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who were in the area of Queen’s Way, Packard Avenue, Rands Way or Kingsway, between 12pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June to make contact.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably by uploading information to the online portal: or if that is not possible by dialling 101 and quoting reference 30192/18.

Alternatively you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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