Shooting in Kesgrave: Suffolk Constabulary statement

Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Rob Jones



At just after 8.40am today (Monday 7 September) Suffolk Constabulary’s control room received reports of a shooting in Friends Walk, Kesgrave.

The victim – a 15-year-old boy – sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he is currently receiving urgent medical treatment.  We are currently providing support to the boy’s family.

Shortly before 11am a teenager was arrested in Ipswich on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with this incident. He is currently in police custody at Martlesham.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and there is nothing to suggest there is wider threat to the public.

However, understandably the community in Kesgrave, particularly in the Grange Farm area, will be extremely shocked and concerned.

Furthermore, it is inevitable parents across Ipswich may also be anxious following this morning’s incident.

I would reassure public that our priority is to keep everyone safe and incidents such as this are extremely rare in Suffolk.

We have made an arrest as part of the investigation and are currently 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 while the inquiry continues.