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17-year-old boy charged with murder

A teenager has been charged with murder by detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Ipswich last month.

Officers were called to Turin Street just after 1.50pm on Sunday 16th December to reports that a man had been stabbed.

Daniel Saunders, aged 32 and originally from Surrey, died at the scene of the incident. A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound to the abdomen.

A 17-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds – who cannot be named for legal reasons - was arrested yesterday, Wednesday 9th January, and taken into police custody for questioning.

He has now been charged with murder and remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Friday 11th January.

He had been previously arrested in the Clacton area of Essex on Thursday 20th December and subsequently released on bail after being questioned. Three other teenagers also arrested at the same time remain on bail or under investigation as follows:

An 18-year-old man from Colchester arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender was released on police bail until 18th January; a 17-year-old boy from the Colchester area; and a 15-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds; also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, were released under investigation.

Three people - two men, aged 44 and 39, and a woman aged 31 – who were arrested in connection with the incident on Sunday 16 December, are due to answer police bail tomorrow.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of Turin Street, Kenyon Street and Wherstead Road on Sunday 16th December, and witnessed any suspicious persons or activity, to make contact. This includes anyone driving through the area who has a dash cam fitted in their vehicle.

Officers are also keen to trace a woman who stopped at the scene shortly after the attack took place and assisted the victim. She is described as aged in her 30s or 40s, speaking with a local accent and driving a people carrier with a sliding door.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team either by using the online portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363718M87-PO1 or by calling 101 and quoting reference 72682/18.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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