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Boy knifed at Ipswich Mcdonald's knew teenager stabbed to death two weeks ago

It was the third stabbing in the town in just two weeks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have revealed that a 16-year-old boy who was knifed at a branch of McDonald's was known to a teenager who was stabbed to death earlier this month.

The youth, who was attacked outside a fast food restaurant in Ravenswood Avenue in Ipswich on Wednesday 13 June, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and is now in a stable condition. He is currently described as conscious and is talking with his family and friends.

Suffolk Police said he and 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, who was fatally stabbed in the town on June 2, were known to each other.

There have been three knife attacks in Ipswich in the past two weeks, with a man in his 20s stabbed on Monday.

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police are continuing to question four people from Ipswich in connection with the latest incident.

An 18 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, a 20 year old man and a 22 year old man have both been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and a 17 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife & affray.

Suffolk Police are treating it as a targeted attack and believe that the people involved were known to each other. However officers say they are not directly linking it to the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens on Saturday 2 June or to the stabbing in the early morning of Monday 11 June.

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It's fair to say that the victim of last night's stabbing and Tavis were known to each other, but all of the investigations are at very early stages, particularly the one of last night, so it's too early to make significant links in all of this but we keep an open mind.

In terms of what we've seen with this two weeks, we want to reassure the public these are not random attacks. They're between young people who are known to each other. These are local young people that live in our community, not involving directly people from elsewhere in the country.

The message we really want to get out to young people is they have to stop carrying knives. The only way we're going to tackle this is by them stopping

– Chief Inspector Tonya Antonis, Suffolk Police
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"We know members of the community will be sitting on very valuable information which could help us. Now is the time to do the right thing and to talk to us and give us that information or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. This was yet another appalling and shocking attack on a young man, so we urge people who have some knowledge of this incident to come forward and speak to us.”

– Senior Investigating Officer Detective Supt. Marina Ericson of the Major Investigation Team

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who were in the area of McDonald’s, between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday 13 June to make contact.