Seven teenagers who were arrested in connection with an incident of violent disorder in south-east Ipswich have been released on bail.
Police were called at 2pm on Saturday 14 May to reports of an altercation between two groups of males, some of whom were said to be brandishing baseball bats and pieces of wood, in the area of Queens Way and Shackleton Road.
Officers attended and subsequently arrested three 14-year-old boys, two 15-year-old boys and two 19-year-old men – who are all from Ipswich – on suspicion of violent disorder. They were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and have been released on bail until July pending further enquires. (Four suspects must answer bail on Wednesday 20 July and three on Friday 22 July).
Following the arrests a police presence remained in the area for the rest of the day and the Chief Constable authorised officers to stop and search anyone for weapons without suspicion under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.
These powers were restricted to the geographic areas within the Safer Neighbourhood Team localities of Ipswich East and Ipswich Central, and were in place from 3.23pm until 11.59pm on Saturday 14 May. This was in compliance with Home Office guidance around best use of stop and search. As it transpired no one was stopped and searched under this authority.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Ipswich Police on 101 quoting reference 33166/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.