Teenager fighting for his life after stabbing in McDonald's
PUBLISHED: 06:06 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:23 14 June 2018
A 16-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after a stabbing at a branch of McDonald's in south-east Ipswich yesterday evening.
Police were called at around 7.30pm, on Wednesday, June 13, to reports that a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed at the Ravenswood Avenue branch of the fast-food chain.
The teenager currently in a critical condition in hospital.
Police have confirmed that four arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes said: “We have arrested four people in connection in what is still a dynamic situation.
“The victim remains in a critical condition and we are at the hospital supporting the victim’s family.
“The support of the public remains absolutely crucial and I urge anyone who may have the slightest information to call us straight away.”
Any witnesses to the attack or anyone with any information that may be relevant is asked to contact 101, quoting reference CAD 355 of June 13.
Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A heavy police presence remains at the scene this morning, which has been cordoned off by officers.
Forensics teams have been spotted taking photos and gathering evidence from inside the McDonalds.
Unfinished meals have been left strew across the tables as diners rushed to leave the area following the attack.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 7.30pm to reports of a suspected stabbing incident in Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich.
“The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust dispatched an ambulance and ambulance officer to the scene where they treated the patient.
“The patient was taken to hospital in a critical condition.”
The latest attack – the third in less than two weeks – comes after police officers and council leaders met to draw up an action plan in the wake of the death of 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens.
The teenager was fatally stabbed in a Packard Avenue on June 2, and a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man have been remanded in custody charged with his murder.
On Monday, a man in his 20s was seriously injured at Pauline Street in the town after four men reportedly entered a house and stabbed the victim more than ten times in his torso and legs.
Police are not linking the incidents.