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Two arrested after death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens released on bail while police retain high profile presence in town

PUBLISHED: 22:50 08 June 2018

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, 17, died from a single stab wound Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, 17, died from a single stab wound Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY


Two people arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a teenager in Ipswich last weekend have been released on bail.

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, 17, died after being fatally wounded in an incident at 4.50pm last Saturday in Packard Avenue.

Suffolk police have arrested eight people in connection with the murder, two of which have been charged.

The latest arrests were on Wednesday when a 23-year-old man from Ipswich and a 17-year-old boy from Stowmarket were both detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. They have been questioned by detectives in custody and have now been released on bail until Friday, June 29.

Aristote Yenge, 22, from Ipswich, and a 16-year-old boy from Colchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have both been charged with murder.

They appeared before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich yesterday, Thursday, and were committed to appear at Ipswich Crown Court later the same day. They were remanded in custody pending their next hearing on Thursday, July 5.

Three other men aged 41, 20 and 18, also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, have all been released on bail until Wednesday, July 4, pending further inquiries.

A 36-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, was released under investigation after being questioned by detectives.

Increased patrols will continue across Ipswich over the weekend and into next week to offer reassurance to the local community.

The police pod on the Nacton estate will remain in place and the mobile police station will be in various locations across the town over the coming weeks, including in Saturn Road tomorrow and near to McDonald’s in Tavern Street on Sunday.

Detectives are continuing their appeal for anyone who witnessed anything in relation to the incident last Saturday to come forward.

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably by uploading information to the online portal or alternatively by dialling 101 and quoting reference 30192/18.

People can also contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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