Ipswich - Tavis Spencer-Aitkens' killers jailed for over 100 years (2022)

June 2 2018

A teenager has sustained serious injuries after an attack in south-east Ipswich.

Police were called by the ambulance service at 4.50pm this afternoon, Saturday 2 June, to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed in Packard Avenue.

The air ambulance and police helicopter were also called to assist and the victim has been taken to hospital having sustained life-threatening injuries.

Early enquires lead detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack and initial witness reports have stated that the victim was walking back from the shops in Queens Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him.

Witnesses state that they were then joined by four to five other males and he was further assaulted, before all the offenders then fled the scene. Packard Avenue is currently closed as a police investigation takes place.

Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence in Ipswich this evening, with additional high-visibility patrols taking place across the town.

Any witnesses to the attack are asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference CAD 306 of 2 June. Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

June 2 2018 - 11.55pm

A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a teenager who was stabbed in south-east Ipswich, as police make an arrest in connection with the incident.

Officers were called by the ambulance service at 4.50pm this afternoon, Saturday 2 June, to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed in Packard Avenue.

The air ambulance and police helicopter were also called to assist and the victim was taken to Ipswich Hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he sadly subsequently died.

Early enquires lead detectives to believe that this was a targeted attack and initial witness reports have stated that the victim was walking back from the shops in Queen’s Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him.

Witnesses state that they were then joined by four to five other males and he was further assaulted, before all the offenders then fled the scene.

Packard Avenue is currently closed as a murder investigation takes place and officers have been undertaking numerous enquiries already this evening.

As a result of these enquires, a 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody for questioning.

Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence in Ipswich this evening, with additional high-visibility patrols taking place across the town.

Police are appealing for anyone with CCTV or dash cams who were in the area of Queen’s Way, Packard Avenue, Rands Way or Kingsway, between 12pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June to make contact.

Any witnesses are asked to call the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 306 of 2 June. Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

June 3 2018

A 41-year-old man remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a teenager in Ipswich, as residents can expect to see an increased police presence across the town.

Officers were called by the ambulance service at 4.50pm yesterday afternoon, Saturday 2 June, to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed in Packard Avenue. The victim was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment where he sadly later died.

Detectives currently believe that this was a targeted attack and initial witness reports stated that the victim was walking back from the shops in Queen’s Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him. They were then joined by four to five other males who further assaulted him, before all the offenders then fled the scene.

There will be an increased police presence across Ipswich for the remainder of this weekend and into next week, with additional patrols carried-out in the vicinity of the attack to provide reassurance to those living and working in the area.

Officers will also be linking-in with community leaders to address the concerns of local residents.

Packard Avenue remains closed as police enquiries continue and officers have been undertaking numerous enquiries since the attack occurred.

A 41-year-old man from the Ipswich area was arrested on suspicion of murder last night and he remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this cowardly and violent attack, or who was in the local area and saw any suspicious persons or activity yesterday afternoon, to contact us immediately.

“Our detectives are already pursuing numerous lines of enquiry as we work to identify and locate the people responsible for this horrendous crime.

“Although we believe this to have been a targeted incident, we understand it will have caused a great deal of concern to the local community, so as a result residents can expect to see a heightened police presence over the coming days.

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who were in the area of Queen’s Way, Packard Avenue, Rands Way or Kingsway, between 12pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June to make contact.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 306 of 2 June. Alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

June 4 2018

Police investigating the murder of a teenager in Ipswich at the weekend have made four more arrests in connection with the incident, as the victim is named by police.

Officers were contacted at 4.50pm on Saturday 2 June to reports that a teenager had been stabbed in Packard Avenue. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment where he sadly later died.

The victim has now been formally identified as 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, of Pownall Road, Ipswich.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound.

Tavis had been walking back from the shops in Queen’s Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him. They were then joined by four to five other males who further assaulted him, before all the offenders then fled the scene.

Officers have been pursing numerous lines of enquiry over the past two days and as a result have this afternoon, Monday 4 June, detained four more people in Essex in connection with this crime.

The four males, who are aged 16, 18, 20 and 22 (and who all have links to Ipswich) have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and will now be brought back to Suffolk for questioning.

A 41-year-old man from the Ipswich area who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder on Saturday evening, remains in custody after detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, where they were granted an additional 36 hours to question him which will expire just after 8pm tomorrow evening.

Packard Avenue has now reopened after being closed whilst officers carried-out forensic enquiries.

Additional police patrols are continuing in the vicinity of the attack and across Ipswich to offer reassurance to residents, and officers are maintaining an ongoing dialogue with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area.

A police pod is now in place near to the junction of Packard Avenue and King’s Way to enable members of the public to speak to police officers directly.

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who were in the area of Queen’s Way, Packard Avenue, Rands Way or Kingsway, between 12pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June to make contact.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably by uploading information to the online portal:https://mipp.police.uk/operation/804or failing that by dialling 101 and quoting reference 30192/18.

June 5 2018

Police investigating the murder of a teenager in Ipswich at the weekend have arrested a sixth person in connection with the incident.

Officers were contacted at 4.50pm on Saturday 2 June to reports that a teenager had been stabbed in Packard Avenue. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment where he sadly later died.

The victim has been formally identified as 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, of Pownall Road, Ipswich.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound.

Tavis had been walking back from the shops in Queen’s Way when he was approached by two males on bicycles who attacked him. They were then joined by four to five other males who further assaulted him, before all the offenders then fled the scene.

A 36-year-old woman from Essex was arrested earlier today, Tuesday 5 June, on suspicion of assisting an offender and was questioned by detectives at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre. She has now been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

A 41-year-old man from the Ipswich area was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder on Saturday evening. Four males, aged 16, 18, 20 and 22 (and who all have links to Ipswich) were arrested yesterday, Monday 4 June, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

All five male suspects remain in custody after detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this afternoon where they were granted and additional 24 and 36 hours to question them which will expire at around midnight on Wednesday 6 June.

Additional police patrols are continuing in the vicinity of the attack and across Ipswich to offer reassurance to residents, and officers are maintaining an ongoing dialogue with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area.

A police pod remains in place near to the junction of Packard Avenue and King’s Way to enable members of the public to speak to police officers directly.

Officers are particularly appealing for anyone with CCTV, dash cams, or mobile phone footage, who was in the area of Queen’s Way, Packard Avenue, Rands Way or Kingsway, between 12pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June to make contact.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably by uploading information to the online portal:https://mipp.police.uk/operation/804or by dialling 101 and quoting reference 30192/18.
Alternatively you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

June 6 2018

Officers from Ipswich will be staffing a mobile police station during June at variety of locations across the town.

The facility has been established in response to the death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens who was murdered on Saturday 2 June.

The mobile station will be positioned at key locations across the town and will be staffed by police officers who will be on hand to address local concerns and provide reassurance and visibility to members of the public.

No definitive times for the mobile station have been established, but is likely to be in place to cover daytime and early evening to ensure as many people as possible are able to access the facility.

Additional police patrols are continuing in the vicinity of where the attack took place and across Ipswich to offer reassurance to residents. Officers are maintaining an ongoing dialogue with community leaders to address the concerns of people living and working in the area.

Supt. Kerry Cutler for the Southern area said: "We fully appreciate that following Saturday’s tragic incident concern remains high among the community. The mobile station will provide a visible and roving presence to people in Ipswich over the coming weeks to ensure we continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.”

Week One

Thursday 7 June – Prospect Rd

Friday 8 June – Lavender Hill

Saturday 9 June – Saturn Rd

Sunday 10 June – McDonalds Tavern Street

Week Two

Monday 11 June – Hadleigh Road, Sainsburys

Tuesday 12 June – Surrey Rd

Wednesday 13 June – Lupin Rd/Cowslip Close

Thursday 14 June to Saturday 16 June- Henning Ave, Ravenswood

Sunday 17 June - Dickens Road

Week Three

Monday 18 June - Wellington Street YMCA

Tuesday 19 June – Coltsfoot Rd

Wednesday 20 June – Norwich Rd/Clarkson St

Thursday 21 June – Victoria St

Friday 22 June – Stopford Ct

Saturday 23 June – Queen's Street in Food Court in town centre

Sunday 24 June – Wells Close

Week Four

Monday 25 June – Dickens Rd

Tuesday 26 June – Lavender Hill

Wednesday 27 June – YMCA

Thursday 28 June – Wells Close

Friday 29 June – McDonalds Tavern St

Saturday 30 June – Kelly Rd

Sunday 31 June – Surrey Rd

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