Five released from bail in ‘shooting’ inquiry

IPSWICH: Detectives today said no further action will be taken against five males who were arrested after an alleged shooting near Chantry High School.

The quintet were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm.

However, they were released without charge after answering their police bail on Monday.

The decision came as a result of a four-month investigation by Ipswich police.

The arrests occurred after an incident at the junction of Mallard Way and Stone Lodge Lane, Ipswich, at around 11.50am on May 17.

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Police were initially called to reports of a road traffic collision.

Witnesses then reported seeing a man with what appeared to be a handgun and shots being fired.

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Police attended and contained the area until firearms officers arrived.

However, no victims or anyone with an injury got in contact with the police.

Searches of properties and vehicles were conducted, but no firearms were recovered.

Louise Rosher, a spokeswoman for Ipswich Police, said: “A decision to take no further action against the five men arrested followed a thorough investigation by Suffolk Police, which included extensive witness enquiries, a comprehensive forensic plan and trawling and viewing of CCTV.”

Detective Chief Inspector David Cutler of Ipswich CID added: “Working in close partnership with communities and partner agencies we thoroughly investigate all incidents such as these.

“I would like to reassure the public that firearms incidents are rare in the county. Suffolk is a safe county and Suffolk Constabulary is committed to keeping Suffolk safe by taking a robust stance against those who threaten the safety of our communities.”

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is still asked to telephone Detective Sergeant David Henderson at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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