Two arrested in estate stabbing probe

TWO people are on police bail today on suspicion of stabbing a man on Ipswich's Chantry estate.

TWO people are on police bail today on suspicion of stabbing a man on Ipswich's Chantry estate.

The victim, Chris Barnes, of Hawthorn Drive, was taken to hospital after the incident, which occurred shortly before 9.40pm on Saturday, March 7.

In the days that followed, his condition was described as serious, but stable.

Police have now arrested an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in connection with the alleged attack in Hawthorn Drive, near the junction with Primrose Hill.

The two suspects, who are from Ipswich, were interviewed by officers, before being released pending further inquiries.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of assault/grievous bodily harm, said Louise Rosher, a spokeswoman for Ipswich police.

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Both must return to the town's police station on May 7 to answer bail.

Mr Barnes spent nearly two weeks in Ipswich Hospital recovering from his wounds. The 27-year-old was allowed home late last week.

He was said to have sustained two stab wounds to the left and right-hand side of his body, along with bruises to his face during the alleged assault.

At the time it was not made public what weapon had caused the injuries to his body.

Residents said there was a large police presence in the area following the incident and a passageway behind houses in Hawthorn Drive was cordoned off, along with a grassy verge in front of the buildings.

Police also put out an appeal for anyone who had seen an argument between Mr Barnes and two teenage youths around the time he was injured to contact them.

The offenders were said to be on bicycles.

If you can help with the investigation telephone Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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