Police are granted more time to question Ipswich double stabbing suspect

Police respond to a reported stabbing at Ipswich hospital.

Police respond to a reported stabbing at Ipswich hospital. - Credit: Staff

Detectives investigating a double murder in Ipswich have until tomorrow morning to question a teenage boy in connection with the incident.

The boy, 17, from Ipswich, was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody following the double stabbing on Thursday at West Meadows travellers’ site, off the Whitehouse roundabout.

The victims, both from Ipswich, have been named locally as Nathan Oakley and Barry Street.

Police were called at just after 1.15pm on Thursday to reports that a man aged in his 30s had been stabbed at West Meadows and had collapsed outside the entrance to the site.

The man was taken to hospital in an ambulance and a further call was then received at just after 1.30pm reporting that another man – aged in his late teens - had been brought to Ipswich Hospital in a car having sustained suspected stab wounds.

The men were taken for treatment but died in hospital a short time later. Home Office post-mortem examinations of both victims are due to take place today.

Shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday police conducting enquiries at West Meadows detained a teenage boy in the vicinity of Paper Mill Lane in Bramford.

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Yesterday evening detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, where they were granted an additional 36 hours from the time of issuing the warrant to question the suspect, which will expire at 7.48am tomorrow.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of West Meadows between 8am and 3pm on Thursday to contact detectives with any information they may have.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have driven past the entrance of the site during this time and who have dash-cams fitted in their vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference 70694/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.