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Ipswich – Pair accused of murder appear at court

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Raymond James Quigley

Raymond James Quigley

Two teenagers have appeared at court charged with murder following a stabbing in Ipswich last week.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January in Westgate Street.

An 18-year-old man was approached by two other males and stabbed. A second man who was with the victim was chased and threatened with a knife by one of the suspects during the incident, but managed to escape unharmed. The suspects then made off from the area in different directions.

Police units and ambulance crews were quickly in attendance but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the victim of the stabbing sadly died at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that James sustained four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result of these injuries.

Two male teenagers were arrested in connection with the attack on Saturday 21 January and taken into police custody for questioning, before being charged two days later and remanded to appear before magistrates the next day (Tuesday 24 January).

Yesterday (Wednesday 25 January) Alfie Hammett, aged 18 and of Larkhill Rise, Rushmere St Andrew; and a 17-year-old boy from Ipswich (who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age); made a first appearance before Ipswich Crown Court, both accused of murder and also possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Both defendants were remanded in custody pending a next crown court appearance on Friday 14 April.

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Previous release | 23 January 2023
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Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Ipswich last week have charged two teenagers with murder.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January in Westgate Street.

An 18-year-old man was approached by two other males and stabbed. A second man who was with the victim was chased and threatened with a knife by one of the suspects during the incident, but managed to escape unharmed. The suspects then made off from the area in different directions.

Police units and ambulance crews were quickly in attendance but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the victim of the stabbing sadly died at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that James sustained four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result of these injuries.

Following extensive police enquiries since the incident occurred, officers arrested two male teenagers on Saturday 21 January and they were taken into police custody for questioning.

They have subsequently both been charged with murder and also possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Their details are as follows:

  • Alfie Hammett, aged 18, of Rushmere St Andrew
  • a 17-year-old boy from Ipswich who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age.

They have both been remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Tuesday 24 January.

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Previous release | 22 January 2023
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Detectives investigating a murder in Ipswich have been granted more time to question two teenagers.

It follows an incident which occurred at approximately 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January in Westgate Street.

An 18-year-old man was approached by two other males and stabbed, with the suspects then heading off in different directions. One went towards the Cornhill and the other in the direction of Providence Street.

Police units and ambulance crews were quickly in attendance but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the victim sadly died at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted on Thursday 19 January, and concluded that James sustained four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result of these injuries.

Following numerous lines of enquiry, police arrested a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man yesterday – Saturday 21 January – in connection with the incident. The pair, both from the Ipswich area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

This afternoon, Sunday 22 January, detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, where they were granted an additional 36 hours to question the suspects. This will expire in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 24 January.

A mobile police station has been placed on the Cornhill and members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident, or any other concerns they may have. The station is open from 10am until 10pm, extending until 2am tonight.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 21 January 2023
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Police investigating a murder in Ipswich have arrested two people.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January in Westgate Street.

An 18-year-old man was approached by two other males and stabbed, with the suspects then heading off in different directions. One went towards the Cornhill and the other in the direction of Providence Street.

Police units and ambulance crews were quickly in attendance but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the victim sadly died at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted on Thursday 19 January, and concluded that James sustained four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result of these injuries.

Officers have been pursuing numerous lines of enquiry and today, Saturday 21 January, arrested two males in connection with the incident.

A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, both from the Ipswich area, were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Both will be questioned by officers, while the inquiry continues.

A mobile police station has been placed on the Cornhill and members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident, or any other concerns they may have. The station is open from 10am until 10pm, extending until 2am tonight.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 20 January 2023 - 8.35pm
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Raymond James Quigley

Raymond James Quigley

A Section 60 authorisation put in place yesterday (Thursday 19 January) to support ongoing police activity in Ipswich has been extended for 24 hours.

Police were called at 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January, to reports that an 18 year old male had been stabbed in Westgate Street and who subsequently died.

Earlier today, (Friday 20 January) and subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased was identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.

A new Section 60 Authority was implemented at 5:45pm yesterday (Thursday 19 January), for a period of 24-hours, following the expiration of a previous authority. This provides officers with additional powers to stop and search. This extension means it will expire at 5.45pm tomorrow (Saturday 21 January).

Police continue to look for two male suspects involved in the assault who were seen to leave the scene. One suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill.  

Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) authorisations are different to normal stop and search as it gives officers the power to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area for a limited amount of time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.

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A mobile police station has been placed on the Cornhill and members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident, or any other concerns they may have. The station is open from 10am until 10pm daily, extending until 2am tonight (Fri) and tomorrow night (Sat).

Superintendent Andy Martin said: “I have this evening extended the S.60 authority granted yesterday for Ipswich. This power continues to prove an effective tactic in our policing in the town and is necessary to support continued proactivity. We thank the public for their continued support and understanding.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or via the below methods, quoting reference: 37/3159/23.

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

Phone – Call 101
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via

their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release I 20 January 2023 - 4.50pm
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Police investigating a fatal stabbing in Ipswich are now able to name the victim and release the post-mortem results.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January in Westgate Street.

An 18-year-old man was approached by two other males and stabbed, with the suspects then heading off in different directions. One went towards the Cornhill and the other in the direction of Providence Street.

Police units and ambulance crews were quickly in attendance but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, the victim sadly died at the scene.

Subject to confirmation at formal inquest proceedings, the deceased has been identified as Raymond James Quigley – known as James – from Wymondham in Norfolk.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted yesterday, Thursday 19 January, and concluded that James sustained four stab wounds to the torso and died as a result of these injuries.

Efforts to identify and locate the suspects have been ongoing since Tuesday afternoon, with officers conducting numerous enquiries, including forensic work, searches and CCTV analysis.

Three Section 60 Authorities have been implemented on successive days since the attack, the most recent being at 5:45pm yesterday for another 24-hours period.

This provides officers with additional powers to stop and search within the area defined on the map below.

Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) authorisations are different to normal stop and search as it gives officers the power to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area for a limited amount of time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.

A mobile police station has been placed on the Cornhill and members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident, or any other concerns they may have. The station is open from 10am until 10pm, extending until 2am tonight and tomorrow night.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or by calling 101.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 19 January 2023
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A new Section 60 order has been put in place after a man was murdered in Ipswich.

Police were called at 3.35pm on Tuesday 17 January, to reports that a male had been stabbed in Westgate Street. An 18-year-old man died following the incident.

Police continue to look for two male suspects involved in the assault who were seen to leave the scene. One suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill. 

A new Section 60 Authority was implemented at 5:45pm today, Thursday 19 January, for a period of 24-hours. This provides officers with additional powers to stop and search within the area defined on the map below. 

Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) authorisations are different to normal stop and search as it gives officers the power to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area for a limited amount of time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.

A mobile police station has been placed on the Cornhill. Members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident or any other concerns they may have. The station will be open until 10pm tonight, and into the weekend opening from 10am until late evening.

Superintendent Andy Martin said: “Following the expiration of the Section 60 authority covering Ipswich at 5pm, a new authority covering a reduced area was granted at 17:45 today, Thursday 19 January and will expire in 24 hours. This has been granted after very careful consideration and scrutiny, and will continue to support proactive policing within the town.

“I want to thank the public for their continued support and understanding, Section 60s are used in very limited circumstances and always balanced against the public interest.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or via the below methods, quoting reference: 37/3159/23.

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

Phone – Call 101

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 18 January 2023
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A section 60 put in place after a man was murdered in Ipswich has been extended for 24 hours, while a mobile police station has been opened in the town centre.

Police were called at 3.35pm yesterday, Tuesday 17 January, to reports that a male had been stabbed in Westgate Street. An 18-year-old man died following the incident.

Police continue to look for two male suspects involved in the assault who were seen to leave the scene. One suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill.  

A Section 60 Authority was implemented at 4.59pm yesterday, 17 January, for a period of 24-hours. This has now been extended for a further 24 hours. This provides officers with additional powers to stop and search.

Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) authorisations are different to normal stop and search as it gives officers the power to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area for a limited amount of time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.

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A mobile police station has been placed in the Cornhill. Members of the public are encouraged to use the opportunity to speak to local officers either about the incident or any other concerns they may have. The station will be open until 10pm this evening, 18 January, and from tomorrow, 19 January, it will be open 10am-10pm.

Superintendent Andy Martin said: “Following the devastating murder in Ipswich yesterday afternoon, I have tonight authorised an extension of the S.60 in place for Ipswich. This measure has been taken to continue supporting proactive efforts in response to the incident and does not represent a wider risk to the town.

“I want to thank the continued support of the public and our partners. Officers will be based near to the Town Hall over the coming days within our mobile police pod, and I would ask anyone with any information or concerns or those just seeking advice to make contact.

"There will be heightened police activity within the town over the coming days in addition to our continued presence as part of our long-term commitment to making Ipswich a safer place."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O09-PO1 or via the below methods, quoting reference: 37/3159/23.

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

Phone – Call 101

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 17 January 2023 - 11.35pm
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An 18-year-old man has died following a stabbing in Ipswich

Police were called at 3.35pm this afternoon, Tuesday 17 January, to reports that a male had been stabbed in Westgate Street.

Numerous police units were immediately sent to search the local area for the suspects, including armed officers and a helicopter from the National Police Air Service.

Police are currently looking for two male suspects involved in the assault who were seen to leave the scene. One suspect headed towards Providence Street and the other suspect was seen to be heading towards the Cornhill.  

A section of Westgate Street remains closed off around the crime scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Connick said: “This was a brazen attack in the town centre which will have caused great distress to anyone who witnessed it. Whilst enquiries are at an early stage, we believe this to be a targeted attack

“There will be an increased police presence in Ipswich this evening and over the coming days to provide reassurance to local residents and businesses. We know that many people would have witnessed this attack and we urge you to make contact with us."

A Section 60 Authority was implemented at 4.59pm for a period of 24-hours. This provides officers with additional powers to stop and search.

Section 60 (Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) authorisations are different to normal stop and search as it gives officers the power to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area for a limited amount of time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.

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Section 60 of Ipswich Central

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, quoting reference: CAD 245 of 17 January.

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

Phone – Call 101

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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Previous release | 17 January 2023 - 4.30pm
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Emergency services are currently in attendance at a serious incident in Ipswich town centre.

Police were called at 3.35pm this afternoon, Tuesday 17 January, to reports a male had been assaulted in Westgate Street.

Ambulance crews are also at the scene and a section of Westgate Street has been closed off.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 245 of 17 January.