Teenagers released on bail after ‘baseball bat’ altercation in Queens Way/Shackleton Road area of Ipswich

Stock image of the area near Queens Way.

Stock image of the area near Queens Way. - Credit: Archant

Seven teenagers arrested after a violent disorder incident allegedly involving baseball bats in Ipswich have been bailed.

Police were called to reports of an altercation between two groups of males, some of whom were said to be brandishing baseball bats and pieces of wood, in the area of Queens Way and Shackleton Road at around 2pm on Saturday.

Officers attended the scene and arrested three 14-year-old boys, two 15-year-old boys and two 19-year-old men on suspicion of violent disorder. All the suspects are from Ipswich.

They were taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and have been released on bail until July pending further enquires. Four suspects must answer bail on July 20 and three on July 22.

Following the arrests, a police presence remained in the area for the rest of the day and the chief constable of Suffolk Constabulary authorised officers to stop and search anyone for weapons without suspicion under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

These powers were restricted to the geographic areas within the Safer Neighbourhood Team localities of Ipswich East and Ipswich Central and were in place from 3.23pm until 11.59pm on Saturday.

This was in compliance with Home Office guidance around best use of stop and search. No-one was stopped and searched under this authority, police said.

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Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident are asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 33166/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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