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07 September 2020 18:36

Birmingham Kesgrave Suffolk Constabulary

'I heard a gunshot' - Kesgrave residents' shock at shooting A 15-year-old boy was shot this morning in Grange Farm, Kesgrave. Kesgrave residents in Grange Farm have spoken of the moment they heard a gunshot in a serious incident on Monday morning. Residents living in Through Jollys, Kesgrave,said they heard a gunshot this morning from Friends Walk. Picture: HOLLY HUME Residents living in Through Jollys, Kesgrave,said they heard a gunshot this morning from Friends Walk. Suffolk police remain at the scene after one person was shot in Through Jollys shortly after 8.40am, with the Essex and Herts Air Amubulance landing nearby.

Through Jollys and Friends Walk remain closed to the public as police conduct an investigation into the incident. MORE: Grange Farm shooting: Kesgrave High School confirms Year 11 pupil involved The condition of the shooting victim is currently unknown, and police have not yet made clear whether any arrests have been made. The teenage victim is a pupil in Year 11 at Kesgrave High School and is being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Picture: HOLLY HUME The teenage victim is a pupil in Year 11 at Kesgrave High School and is being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Kesgrave High School later confirmed a Year 11 student had been involved in the incident.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons during the afternoon: "I think we're all shocked and saddened to learn about the incident in which a young person was seriously hurt on their way to school in Suffolk today. "Our thoughts are very much with the young person, their family and the whole school community at this very difficult time." One couple, who live in Howard's Way, said they saw the air ambulance take off with the shooting victim inside. They said: "We were out when it happened as we'd gone on a short drive to go walk the dogs. A man who lives in Through Jollys added: "I heard the sound of the gunshot, I thought someone had dropped a paving slab or something. "I told my son it's not a bad area just because something like this has happened." Canan's two children are in Year 7 and Year 10 at Kesgrave High School and she was incredibly worried when she received an email from the school to say that a pupil had been involved in an incident.

"I was so shocked that something like this would happen here," she said. "I moved here because it is known as a good friendly, family area and you just have to think how does something like this happen here. The coffee shop was quiet and subdued this morning and Umran said after lockdown they've been very busy – however today they had barely any customers. "I moved here from Ipswich two years ago," she said. "We have lots of elderly people and a good community around here, lots of families and young children. UPDATE: Teenager arrested as 15-year-old shot in Kesgrave Debbie McCallum, East Suffolk councillor for Kesgrave, urged residents not to panic after the "horrible" incident. "If you have any information that could help the police, I would urge you to come forward." Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, added: "I am dismayed to learn of the serious incident which has occurred in Kesgrave this morning. My thoughts are with the young person and their family." The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said: "I am utterly dismayed at the shooting this morning of a year 11 pupil on his way to Kesgrave High School. "My thoughts and prayers are for him, his family, the pupils, and staff of the school, and all the residents. "My prayers too are for the perpetrator, and their family, as we all seek answers for how such a terrible event could have happened. A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot as he was walking to school. Suffolk Police said that officers were called to Friends Walk in Kesgrave, around half a mile from Kesgrave High School, just after 8.40am on Monday. The force said that just over two hours later, at 10.55am, a boy was arrested five miles away in Westwood Avenue in Ipswich on suspicion of attempted murder. The suspect, also a 15-year-old boy, is from the Woodbridge area and is being questioned in police custody. Armed police officers outside a property on Westwood Avenue, Ipswich (Joe Giddens/PA) Police said he remains in a critical condition. Kesgrave High School said on Twitter that one of its Year 11 students had been involved in a serious incident on their way to school, but that pupils at the site were safe. Police are treating the shooting as an isolated incident, and there is thought to be no wider threat to the school or local community. 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. "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 was cordoned off (Joe Giddens/PA) Friends Walk and Through Jollys were cordoned off and there was a partial closure on Ropes Drive, as scenes of crime officers in white forensic suits carried out investigations. The owner of an animal shelter in Kesgrave said a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting had been hiding in his back garden, but escaped before armed police officers arrived. Police are treating the shooting as an isolated incident (Joe Giddens/PA) Phil Bennett, 38, of East Bergholt said his father lives near to the scene in Kesgrave and heard a gunshot. Mr Bennett said he drove to check on his parents at their home in Lyon Close after seeing vague details of the incident on Facebook and becoming concerned. "My dad heard a gunshot," he said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting reference: 52067/20. Boy in 'critical' condition after Kesgrave shooting – as police reveal arrested teen from Woodbridge area A 15-year-old boy who was shot on the Grange Farm estate in Kesgrave remains in a critical condition Picutre: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE A boy involved in a shooting on the Grange Farm estate in Kesgrave remains in a critical condition, police have confirmed. The Kesgrave High School pupil, 15, was shot around 8.40am this morning in Friends Walk while on his way to school. He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital around 10am, where he remains in a critical condition receiving medical treatment. Police have since confirmed a 15-year-old boy arrested in Westwood Avenue in Ipswich, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The boy, from the Woodbridge area, remains in police custody for questioning. Assistant chief constable Rob Jones said officers are treating the incident as an isolated attack. ACC 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. 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." Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting crime reference 52067/20.