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Kesgrave – Teenage boy sentenced for attempted murder

Jacob Talbot Lummis

A 16-year-old boy has been given a 29-year sentence for attempted murder, after he shot another teenage boy in the face in Kesgrave last year.

Jacob Talbot-Lummis of Carol Avenue, Martlesham, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, Monday 1 November, where he was sentenced to 24 years’ detention, with an extended licence period of five years.

Talbot-Lummis had previously been convicted on Friday 25 June following a month-long trial, when he was found guilty of attempted murder by a majority verdict of 11-1 and was unanimously found guilty of possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

He had pleaded guilty to the possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence but denied the other offences.

The shooting took place at approximately 8.40am on Monday 7 September in Kesgrave, when the 15-year-old victim was walking to school.

Talbot-Lummis – who was also aged 15 at the time of the incident - had driven to Friend’s Walk in his father’s car and laid in wait for around an hour before confronting the victim on his usual route to school. He then shot him in the face with a double-barrelled shotgun which he had taken from his grandfather’s house.

After the shooting, Talbot-Lummis then stood over the victim with witnesses describing him as being calm. He then pointed the gun at a man in neighbouring house who looked out of his window after hearing the gunshot.

Talbot-Lummis then got into the car and drove away from the scene, before being located and arrested by armed police in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich, later that morning at 10.55am. The shotgun was found in the back of the car.

The armed police officers who arrested him had to smash the window of the car to get him out and he then made admissions of guilt to those officers.

The victim sustained a significant injury to his face and his condition was initially life-threatening. He suffered a stroke after being taken to hospital, which left him partially paralysed and with some brain damage. He continues to receive treatment for lifelong injuries.

Talbot-Lummis and the victim were at school together and had previously been friends. Talbot-Lummis claimed he had been subjected to some bullying by the victim and that he had only meant to scare him.

He said his plan was to get the victim into the car and then drive him to Rendlesham Forest and shoot past him to scare him, but this version of events was rejected by the court.

The police investigation found that Talbot-Lummis had been planning the attack for nearly a year and he had made comments to a friend about wanting to get a gun and shoot someone, which the friend dismissed as fantasy.

Detective Superintendent David Henderson, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that Jacob Talbot-Lummis intended to kill the victim. You don’t threaten someone with a loaded shotgun and then ultimately shoot them in the face just to ‘scare them’.

“We know that Talbot-Lummis had experience of using shotguns, so his claim that the gun fired accidentally seems extremely unlikely. The witness descriptions of his cold and calm manner following the shooting appear to reaffirm that firing the shotgun was indeed planned.

“He did not check upon the victim or try to raise help - he simply coolly drove away, his plan fulfilled. Throughout the trial he continued this brazen and unfazed manner and has never once displayed remorse or concern for the victim.

“It is very hard to understand what could have caused a 15-year-old boy to have committed such an extreme act of violence in this way. Whatever disagreements or grievances you may claim to have with someone, there is never any justification for an attack such as this.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that the victim survived the attack and the progress he has made is testament to the first-class medical care he has received. Not only has he been left with the physical scars of this attack, he will no doubt carry the mental trauma of the incident for life too.

“The sentence handed down by the court today reflects the severity of the crime which was committed and I can only hope that by this legal process coming to an end, the victim and his family can now begin to focus on the future and rebuilding their lives.”

Previous release | 25 June 2021

Shotgun

A photograph of the shotgun used in the attack

A 16-year-old boy has been convicted of attempted murder after he shot another teenage boy in the face in Kesgrave last year.

The jury reached their verdicts at Ipswich Crown Court today, Friday 25 June, following a month-long trial.

The defendant, who is from the Woodbridge area and cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of attempted murder by a majority verdict of 11-1 and was unanimously found guilty of possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

He was found not guilty of possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence (in respect of a man who witnessed the shooting).

The boy, who was 15-years-old at the time of the incident, had previously admitted possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, but denied the other offences.

The shooting took place at approximately 8.40am on Monday 7 September in Kesgrave, when the 15-year-old victim was walking to school.

The defendant had driven to Friend’s Walk in his father’s car and laid in wait for around an hour before confronting the victim on his usual route to school. He then shot him in the face with a double-barrelled shotgun which he had taken from his grandfather’s house.

After the shooting, the offender then stood over the victim with witnesses describing him as being calm. He then pointed the gun at a man in neighbouring house who looked out of his window after hearing the gunshot.

The offender then got into the car and drove away from the scene, before being located and arrested by armed police in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich, later that morning at 10.55am. The shotgun was found in the back of the car.

The victim sustained a significant injury to his face and his condition was initially life-threatening. He suffered a stroke after being taken to hospital, which left him partially paralysed and with some brain damage. He continues to receive treatment for lifelong injuries.

The victim and offender were at school together and had previously been friends. The offender claimed he had been subjected to some bullying by the victim and that he had only meant to scare him, but this version of events was rejected by the court.

Detective Superintendent David Henderson, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This was a truly shocking incident, the like of which I have never encountered before - particularly due to the age of the parties involved.

“The victim has suffered lifelong injuries as a result of this attack, which has been devastating for him and his family – some of whom had the additional trauma of going to his aid immediately after the shooting occurred.

“The guilty verdicts today may provide justice for the victim and his family, but this is just the beginning of a very long journey for them all. The victim had everything to look forward to in life that a teenager should have, but this attack has certainly robbed him of the remainder of his childhood and will likely impact on him well into his adult life.”

The defendant has been remanded in custody pending a sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 3 September.

Previous release | 9 September 2020

A teenager charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Kesgrave has appeared at court.  

Officers were called just after 8.40am on Monday 7 September, to reports that a teenage boy had been shot in Friends Walk, as he was walking to school.

The victim, aged 15-years-old, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he currently remains in a critical condition. 

Following the shooting, the suspect was then reported to have pointed a firearm in the direction of a witness, before getting into a car and driving off. 

Later that morning at 10.55am, officers arrested a teenage boy in connection with the incident and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. 

A car was seized at the time of the arrest, from which a shotgun was recovered. 

A 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was subsequently been charged with the following three offences: 

-    Attempted murder
-    Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
-    Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of injury 

He made an initial appearance via video link before Norwich Youth Court this morning, Wednesday 9th September, where he was committed to appear before Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon. 

The suspect has been remanded in custody by the crown court, pending a next appearance on Monday 7 December.  

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N60-PO1 or by phoning 101. 

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

Police patrols in the Kesgrave area will continue over the coming days. They will continue to engage with school children, teachers, parents and local residents to provide reassurance, listen to any concerns and to reiterate the fact it is an isolated incident.  

The constabulary will also have a police pod located in Through Jollys that will provide a strong visible presence to local people, with officers present between 8am and 9.30am in the mornings and 2pm and 3.30pm in the afternoons. Residents can ask questions or raise queries, allowing police to continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.

Officer support is coming from various sources such as the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Community Engagement Officers and Youth Engagement Officers. Additionally, our School Liaison Officers are working with schools in providing bespoke engagement within schools that identify a specific need as a result of this incident.

Previous release | 8 September 2020 - 9.30pm

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder and firearms offences following a shooting in Kesgrave. 

Officers were called just after 8.40am yesterday morning, Monday 7 September, to reports that a teenage boy had been shot in Friends Walk, as he was walking to school.

The victim, aged 15-years-old, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he currently remains in a critical condition.

Witnesses reported seeing the suspect get into a car following the attack, which drove off out of the close.

At 10.55am yesterday, officers arrested a teenage boy in connection with the incident and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning. A car was seized at the time of the arrest, from which a long-barrelled firearm was recovered.

A 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area (who cannot be named for legal reasons) has subsequently been charged with the following three offences:

  • Attempted murder
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of injury

He has been remanded in custody and will appear via video link before Norwich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday 9th September.

Friends Walk was reopened earlier today following the completion of police searches in the area.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N60-PO1 or by phoning 101.

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

Police patrols in the Kesgrave area will continue over the coming days. They will continue to engage with school children, teachers, parents and local residents to provide reassurance, listen to any concerns and to reiterate the fact it is an isolated incident. 

The constabulary will also have a police pod located in Through Jollys that will provide a strong visible presence to local people, with officers present between 8am and 9.30am in the mornings and 2pm and 3.30pm in the afternoons. Residents can ask questions or raise queries, allowing police to continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.

Officer support is coming from various sources such as the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Community Engagement Officers and Youth Engagement Officers. Additionally, our School Liaison Officers are working with schools in providing bespoke engagement within schools that identify a specific need as a result of this incident.

Previous release | 8 September 2020 - 1.15pm

A teenage boy who was shot as he walked to school in Kesgrave remains in hospital in a critical condition, as detectives continue to question another boy who was arrested in connection with the attack.

Officers were called just after 8.40am yesterday morning, Monday 7 September, to reports of a shooting in Friends Walk, in the Grange Farm area of the town.

Witnesses reported seeing the suspect then get into a car following the attack, which drove off out of the close.

The victim, aged 15-years-old, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he currently remains in a critical condition.

At 10.55am yesterday, a 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area was arrested by armed police in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich, on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre and detectives have now been granted a superintendent’s extension to detain him for questioning for an additional 12 hours.  

A car matching the description of that seen leaving the crime scene was seized at the time of the arrest and a long-barrelled firearm was recovered from inside it.

Friends Walk remains closed off as police searches continue. Through Jollys and Ropes Drive reopened yesterday evening.

Temporary Detective Superintendent David Henderson, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This has been a fast-moving investigation, with officers working around the clock since yesterday morning.

“I appreciate that many people will still be very concerned at an attack of this nature happening in a small town such as Kesgrave, but we continue to stress that incidents like this are extremely rare and that there is no wider threat to the local community.

“In addition, following the initial enquiries that have been carried-out, we can confirm that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and at this time there is absolutely nothing to suggest this incident is linked to organised criminality.

“Our thoughts remain with the victim and his family and we continue to offer them our full support.

“Additional patrols to provide reassurance are continuing in Kesgrave and a police pod has been put in place, so local residents have somewhere they can go to speak to officers should they wish to.

“I would urge anyone who has information about this terrible attack to make contact with us as soon as possible.”

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N60-PO1 or by phoning 101.

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

Police patrols in the Kesgrave area will continue over the coming days. They will continue to engage with school children, teachers, parents and local residents to provide reassurance, listen to any concerns and to reiterate the fact it is an isolated incident. 

The constabulary will also have a police pod located in Through Jollys that will provide a strong visible presence to local people, with officers present between 8am and 9.30am in the mornings and 2pm and 3.30pm in the afternoons. Residents can ask questions or raise queries and allow police to continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.

Officer support is coming from various sources such as the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Community Engagement Officers and Youth Engagement Officers. Additionally, our School Liaison Officers are working with schools in providing bespoke engagement within schools that identify a specific need as a result of this incident.

Previous release | 7 September 2020 - 5.10pm

Police investigating a shooting in Kesgrave are treating it as an isolated incident, while the victim of the attack remains in a critical condition.

Officers were called just after 8.40am this morning, Monday 7 September, to reports that a teenage boy had been shot in Friends Walk, as he was walking to school.

The victim, aged 15-years-old, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical treatment. 

Later this morning, at 10.55am, a 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area was arrested by armed police in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich, on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he currently remains for questioning.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Jones said: “Our immediate thoughts at this time are with the victim of this horrific incident and his family, who we are providing full support to.

“I understand this attack will have caused a great deal of alarm and distress to the people of Kesgrave and the surrounding area, but we are now satisfied that this was an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the local community.

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe and I would like to stress that crimes such as this are extremely rare in Suffolk. This is an area with a number of schools nearby and going forward, parents should not be concerned about dropping off or collecting their children.

“However, there will be additional officers on patrol in Kesgrave to provide reassurance and I would encourage anyone with any concerns or information to speak to them.

“Finally, I once again urge anyone with information about this incident to contact us without delay.”

Friends Walk and Through Jollys remain closed off at present and there is also a partial closure on Ropes Drive. Members of the public are asked to avoid these areas as officers continue with their enquiries.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, quoting reference: 52067/20.

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

Phone – Call 101

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

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Previous release | 7 September 2020 - 12.20pm

A teenager has been arrested following a shooting in Kesgrave.

Police were called just after 8.40am this morning, Monday 7 September, to reports of a shooting in Friends Walk.

The victim – a 15-year-old boy - sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he is receiving urgent medical attention.

Officers investigating this incident have arrested a teenage boy and he has been taken into police custody for questioning.  

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Jones said: “Following this serious incident our priority is to keep everyone safe.

“We have now made an arrest as part of the investigation and are working with our partners in Suffolk and our schools to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are collecting their children from school this afternoon.

“There will be more police officers on patrol and to provide reassurance in the area and I would ask for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.”  

Friends Walk and Through Jollys are completely closed off at present and there is a partial closure on Ropes Drive. Members of the public are asked to avoid these areas.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 58 of 7 September.

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

Previous release | 7 September 2020 - 10.25am

Police are currently at the scene of a serious incident in Kesgrave.

Officers were called just after 8.40am this morning, Monday 7 September, to reports of a shooting in Grange Farm.

Friends Walk and Through Jollys are completely closed off at present and there is a partial closure on Ropes Drive. Members of the public are asked to avoid these areas.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 58 of 7 September.