March 10 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Villagers said today they have “lots of unanswered questions” after a shooting in their village – despite reassurances from police that it was not a random attack.
A man in his 20s was taken to Ipswich Hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg following the incident in woodland in Trimley St Mary.
Police investigating the incident say they believe the victim knew his attackers, though they have released few details of the circumstances at this stage.
Trimley St Mary Parish Council chairman Colin Jacobs said: “Gunshots are a familiar sound in the countryside – I heard some yesterday afternoon when I was walking my dog, but after the time when the man was found.
“It’s not the sort of thing you like to hear about in your area, but most people I have come into contact with have not been shocked by it.”
He said Felixstowe and the Trimleys were a very diverse community these days, with a large port and Ipswich on the doorstep.
He added: “I think it’s wrong to speculate until we have more facts, and I hope the police will tell the community more soon.”
Parish councillor Bryan Frost, who lives in Cordys Lane, not far from where the man was found, said: “There are a lot of unanswered questions about this incident and we are struggling with information. I hope the police will be in a position to tell us more when the parish council meets next week and reassure people.”
The man was found by a member of the public alongside Keeper’s Track, part of the Trimley Estate, owned by Trinity College, Cambridge, just off Cordys Lane, south of Trimley Station, just after 1pm yesterday.
Several police cars and an ambulance were sent to the scene, while the police helicopter searched the area from above.
Detective Inspector Darryl Skuse said: “I would like to reassure members of the public that we do not believe that this was a random attack, and we think that the victim may have been known to the offenders.
“Officers will now be doing all they can to find those responsible and I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or who has any information to contact us as soon as possible.”
The man is understood to still be in Ipswich Hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Eye-witnesses said police had sealed off Keeper’s Track – which runs off Cordys Lane, and links the lane with footpaths leading to Fingerbread Hill – and forensic officers could be seen combing an area a short way along the path.
Other officers were carrying out house-to-house inquiries in Cordys Lane.
Keeper’s Track leads to Keeper’s Cottage, and is used by walkers and horse riders as part of the area’s footpath and bridleway network.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101.