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Kesgrave shooting: Everything we know so far

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 September 2020 | UPDATED: 18:49 07 September 2020

Suffolk Police officers stand near a tent on Friends Walk, Kesgrave  Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Suffolk Police officers stand near a tent on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police declared a major incident this morning after a teenage boy was reportedly shot in Kesgrave. Here’s what we know so far:

Police at the scene in Kesgrave  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYPolice at the scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

What happened?

Police were called at 8.40am to reports of a shooting in Friends Walk, off Through Jollys, in Kesgrave. A 15-year-old, who had been walking to school, was shot.

Police at the scene in Grange Farm, Kesgrave  Picture: SAMM-ROSE LONGPolice at the scene in Grange Farm, Kesgrave Picture: SAMM-ROSE LONG

Officers cordoned off part of the Grange Farm estate as the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance landed near the scene.

Police urged people to avoid the area and confirmed one person had been shot in a serious incident.

Suffolk Police officers put on forensic suits  near to the scene on Friends Walk, Kesgrave  Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRESuffolk Police officers put on forensic suits near to the scene on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Friends Walk and Through Jollys were completely closed off – with a partial closure in Ropes Drive.

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Armed police officers outside a property on Westwood Avenue, Ipswich  Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIREArmed police officers outside a property on Westwood Avenue, Ipswich Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

How did the local community react?

People reported hearing a gunshot, and seeing others flee the scene, while some people were instructed by police to stay in their homes.

Officers on scene in Kesgrave  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYOfficers on scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Kesgrave High School headteacher, Julia Upton, sent a message to parents saying staff had been made aware of a serious incident involving a year 11 student on their way to school.

Kesgrave High and Heath Primary, in Bell Lane, confirmed that pupils would be kept on-site until the end of the day.

Through Jollys was cordoned off by police  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThrough Jollys was cordoned off by police Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

A resident of Through Jollys said: “I heard the sound of the gunshot. I thought someone had dropped a paving slab or something.

“I heard the screams, so I ran outside to see if I could go help. When the ambulance and police arrived, I was asked to get back so they could get on with their job.

“I told my son it’s not a bad area just because something like this has happened.”

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What happened next?

At 10.55am, on the other side of Ipswich, police cordoned off Westwood Avenue, which runs between Norwich Road and Valley Road.

Police later confirmed a 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area had been arrested there on suspicion of attempted murder.

A large police presence remained on scene into the afternoon.

At 11.21am, police confirmed the 15-year-old boy had sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for urgent medical treatment.

His condition was later described as critical.

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Assistant Chief Constable Rob Jones said: “Following this serious incident our priority is to keep everyone safe.

“We have now made an arrest as part of the investigation, and are working with our partners in Suffolk and our schools to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are collecting their children from school this afternoon.

“There will be more police officers on patrol, and to provide reassurance in the area, and I would ask for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.”

Did you witness anything?

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, quoting reference: 52067/20.


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