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Ipswich – Two further people charged following serious assault

Two further people have been charged by detectives investigating a serious assault that occurred in Ipswich town centre last week.

Emergency services were called at just before 9.10pm on Thursday 2 June to reports that a man had been stabbed in Upper Brook Street.

Following the incident, the victim - along with two other males - fled the scene, running along Tavern Street and into Tower Street where he then collapsed. Initial witness accounts described that an altercation had taken place between two small groups of males, one of whom was thought to have been carrying a large knife.

The 28-year-old victim sustained a deep cut to his shoulder, a puncture to his lung and a wound to his wrist. He was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries that were initially described as potentially life-threatening. However, following treatment he left hospital the following afternoon (Friday 3 June).

Early enquiries led detectives to believe that this was not a random attack and following a significant number of enquiries that have taken place since last Thursday night, four males have now been charged in connection with the incident.

The details of the two most recent people who have been charged – both with the offence of affray – are as follows:

  • Gerson Assuncoo, aged 21 and from Ipswich
  • A 17-year-old boy from Ipswich (who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age)

They were remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Wednesday 8 June, where they were granted bail pending a next hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday 6 July.

Two other teenage boys (who also cannot be named for legal reasons) appeared before magistrates earlier this week, on Monday 6 June, as follows:

  • A 16-year-old boy from Stowmarket charged with three offences - causing grievous bodily harm with intent; affray; and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place
  • A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich - charged with affray

The boy from Stowmarket was remanded into secure accommodation pending a hearing before Ipswich Youth Court today, Thursday 9 June.

The boy from Ipswich was granted court bail pending an appearance before Ipswich Youth Court on Thursday 16 June.  

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Police investigating a serious assault that occurred in Ipswich last week have charged two teenage boys in connection with the attack.

Emergency services were called at just before 9.10pm on Thursday 2 June to reports that a man had been stabbed in Upper Brook Street.

Following the incident, the victim - along with two other males - fled the scene, running along Tavern Street and into Tower Street where he then collapsed. Initial witness accounts described that an altercation had taken place between two small groups of males, one of whom was thought to have been carrying a large knife.

The 28-year-old victim sustained a deep cut to his shoulder, a puncture to his lung and a wound to his wrist. He was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries that were initially described as potentially life-threatening. However, following treatment he left hospital the following afternoon (Friday 3 June).

Early enquiries led detectives to believe that this was not a random attack. As a precautionary measure, a Section 60 was authorised around 30 minutes after the incident at 9.40pm for an initial period of 24-hours, which granted officers additional powers to stop and search. This was rescinded at 12.15pm on Friday 3 June.

Officers have been conducting numerous enquiries over the past three days, which resulted in the arrests of two teenage boys in connection with the incident. Both boys were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and they have subsequently been charged as follows:

  • A 16-year-old boy from Stowmarket charged with three offences - causing grievous bodily harm with intent; affray; and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place
  • A 16-year-old boy from Ipswich - charged with affray

The pair have been remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 6 June.

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Police are appealing for witnesses or information after a 28-year-old man sustained serious stab injuries in Ipswich town centre.

Emergency services were called at just before 9:10pm yesterday, Thursday 2 June, to reports that a man had been stabbed on Upper Brook Street in the town.

The attack is believed to have taken place near to the Cock & Pye public house, following an altercation involving two small groups of males, one of whom was thought to have been carrying a large knife. It is then reported that the victim then left the scene and headed along Tavern Street and into Tower Street.

The victim has sustained a deep cut to his shoulder, a puncture to his lung and a wound to his wrist. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and is currently receiving treatment. His condition is described as potentially life-threatening.

The suspect is described as a male, slim build, wearing a black hooded jacket, dark jogging bottoms and black trainers.

Two police scenes are currently in place on Upper Brook Street and Tower Street whilst officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident. Early enquiries lead detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack. No weapon has been recovered at this time.

Following the assault police in Ipswich have been granted additional powers to stop and search. Additional visible patrols will be carried out in the area in a bid to offer reassurance to the local community. As a matter of precaution a Section 60 has been authorised, which is in place for a 24-hour period beginning at 9:40pm last night until 9:40pm today, Friday 3 June, and covers the majority of Ipswich.

As part of the powers, officers will be allowed to stop and search without reasonable grounds, but where there is a risk of violence or a belief weapons are being carried, within the area marked by on the attached map.

Officers are keen to point out that while there is no perceived risk to the wider public, there is an increased risk of violence between parties either directly involved/associated with the incident.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House in Ipswich, quoting reference 37/33921/22.

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

What is a Section 60?

Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (s.60) gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that: serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.