07 September 2020 16:35
Police officers conduct a search on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Police have arrested a teenager in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Grange Farm earlier this morning. Police remained at the scene of the shooting in Kesgrave for several hours Picture: SAM RUSSELL/PA Police remained at the scene of the shooting in Kesgrave for several hours Picture: SAM RUSSELL/PA Suffolk police and an air ambulance responded to calls to Friends Walk at 8.40am after receiving reports of a shooting. The victim – a 15-year-old boy - sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he is receiving urgent medical treatment. Officers investigating the incident have now arrested a teenage boy and he has been taken into police custody for questioning. Friends Walk and Through Jollys remain closed to the public and people are being urged to avoid the area.
Police officers walk towards the cordon at Friends Walk, Kesgrave, where a 15-year-old boy was shot Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA Police officers walk towards the cordon at Friends Walk, Kesgrave, where a 15-year-old boy was shot Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA A separate police cordon has been set up in Westwood Avenue in Ipswich, though it is not yet clear if it is linked to the 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.
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. Canan and Umran work in Bean House coffee shop in Ropes Drive, less than a mile away from the scene of the shooting. 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. "I would urge people to stay calm - the police have this under control. 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. Phil Bennett, 38, of East Bergholt, said his father lives near to the scene in Kesgrave and heard a gunshot. "My dad heard a gunshot," he said. Kesgrave shooting: Everything we know so far Suffolk Police officers stand near a tent on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire Police declared a major incident this morning after a teenage boy was reportedly shot in Kesgrave. Police at the scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY Police at the scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY Suffolk Constabulary was called at 8.40am on Monday morning to reports of a shooting in Through Jollys, off Ropes Drive, in Kesgrave. Police at the scene in Grange Farm, Kesgrave Picture: SAMM-ROSE LONG Police at the scene in Grange Farm, Kesgrave Picture: SAMM-ROSE LONG Officers cordoned off part of the Grange Farm estate as the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance landed near the scene. Suffolk Police officers put on forensic suits near to the scene on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE Suffolk Police officers put on forensic suits near to the scene on Friends Walk, Kesgrave Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE People reported hearing loud noises and seeing others flee the scene, while some residents instructed by police to stay in their homes. MORE: 'I heard a gunshot' - Kesgrave residents' shock at shooting Police urged people to avoid the area and confirmed one person had been shot in a serious incident. Armed police officers outside a property on Westwood Avenue, Ipswich Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE Armed police officers outside a property on Westwood Avenue, Ipswich Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE The force said Friends Walk and Through Jollys were completely closed off – with a partial closure in Ropes Drive. Kesgrave High School headteacher, Julia Upton sent a message to parents saying staff had been made aware of a serious incident involving a year 11 student on their way to school. Officers on scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY Officers on scene in Kesgrave Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY MORE: Grange Farm shooting: Kesgrave High School confirms Year 11 pupil involved A resident of Through Jollys said: "I heard the sound of the gunshot. Through Jollys was cordoned off by police Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY Through Jollys was cordoned off by police Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY Debbie McCallum, East Suffolk councillor for Kesgrave, urged residents to stay calm. Meanwhile, on the other side of Ipswich, police cordoned off Westwood Avenue, which runs between Norwich Road and Valley Road. MORE: Large police cordon in Westwood Avenue, Ipswich – unclear if linked to Kesgrave shooting A large police presence remained on scene into the afternoon. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the two police scenes are linked. At 11.21am, police confirm a 15-year-old boy had sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for urgent medical treatment. The constabulary said a teenage boy had been arrested and taken into police custody for questioning. MORE: Teenager arrested as 15-year-old shot in Kesgrave "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."