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Ipswich and Felixstowe placed under Section 60 order following attack in Holy Trinity Church grounds yesterday

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Following an assault in Ipswich yesterday, police have been granted additional stop and search powers.

A Section 60 has been authorised, meaning officers will be allowed to stop and search without reasonable grounds where there is a risk of violence or a belief weapons are being carried.

Extra patrols and searches will be carried out within the area marked on the map, which covers the whole of Ipswich, Felixstowe, the Colneis Peninsula, Bramford and Copdock.

The section 60 order is in place until 5pm today. Picture: Suffolk Police
The section 60 order is in place until 5pm today. Picture: Suffolk Police

The order is in place until 5pm today, and follows an attack which took place in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church in Back Hamlet.

A teenage boy was assaulted by another man, sustaining injuries to his leg.

The suspect then made off from the scene in a waiting car, which is believed to have a contained at least two other people.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, although his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening or life-changing.

"Detectives believe that the victim was known to his assailant and as such there is no wider threat to the community," a police spokesperson said. "Officers are currently making enquiries to locate the suspect.

"Additional visible patrols will be carried out in Ipswich and the surrounding areas in a bid to offer reassurance to local communities."

A Section 60 order gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence.

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