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Ipswich - Appeal after teenager sustains stab injury

Officers are appealing for witnesses or information after a teenage boy sustained a stab wound in Ipswich last night.

Police were called at just after 9:30pm yesterday, Friday 26 July to reports of a stabbing in Kildare Avenue. A 16-year-old boy had sustained a single stab wound to his back and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He has now been discharged from hospital.

Officers are working to understand the full circumstances of what has taken place. The victim is not engaging with police at this time but the early indications are that this was a targeted attack.

Police are appealing for anybody who may have witnessed the incident to come forward. They are keen to trace a man seen running towards the scene as he may have information that could assist the investigation. He described as a man in his 20s with curly hair on top of his head and shaved on one side who was wearing a  white top and white trousers.

A scene was put in place on Kildare Avenue but has since been lifted.


Detective Inspector Tamlyn Burgess said: "Detectives are continuing with their enquiries this morning to establish the full circumstances of the incident. Forensic enquiries were carried out at the scene yesterday and CCTV evidence is being examined along with witness statements.
 
"Early indications are that those involved are known to one another and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.
 
"We acknowledge this incident that will cause concern among local people. However, I would like to reassure local residents we do not believe there is any threat to the wider community.
 
"We take knife crime extremely seriously and have a number of measures in place to tackle offences and educate young people about the dangers. We all have a part to play in keeping communities safe and I would urge anyone who knows or suspects someone of carrying a knife to contact the police and report it. We will then take appropriate action.”

Witnesses or anybody with information is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting reference 44101/19. 

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

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