Community hoping to set up Tavis Foundation to support youngsters

The fundraising event in memory of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens at Nansen Road Baptist Church Picture: ARCH

The fundraising event in memory of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens at Nansen Road Baptist Church Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A community mourning a teenager is hoping good will come from his death – with better facilities and more help for the area’s young people.

All ages came together today for a day of fundraising in memory of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, 17, to help his family with funeral costs but also to kick-start a drive to raise money to help the youth of the Nacton estate.

Tavis died after being fatally wounded in an incident at 4.50pm on June 2 in Packard Avenue.

Suffolk police have arrested eight people in connection with the alleged murder, two of which have been charged.

Exactly a week after the incident, the community held a special event in the grounds of Nansen Road Baptist Church to support his family but also to enable people to chat and spend time together.

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Cardella O’Connor, one of the organisers of the event, said: “Everyone has been absolutely fantastic – we just did this off the cuff, but people have come together in an amazing way. All the food and activities have been donated by the shops, companies and individuals.

“We wanted to support the family at this terrible time, but also we want to set up a Tavis Foundation in his memory for the children of this area, for youth clubs, activities and education.

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“It is awful that it takes a death for this to happen but we all want something good to come out of this for the future.”

People brought food to share, a bouncy castle and inflatables were donated, and the afternoon also featured live music.

Meanwhile, police said a 23-year-old man from Ipswich and a 17-year-old boy from Stowmarket who were arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. had been questioned by detectives and now been released on bail until Friday, June 29.

Three other men aged 41, 20 and 18, also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, have all been released on bail until Wednesday, July 4, pending further inquiries.

A 36-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, was released under investigation after being questioned by detectives.

Aristote Yenge, 22, from Ipswich, and a 16-year-old boy from Colchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have both been charged with murder.

The police pod on the Nacton estate will remain in place.

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