Ipswich: Stab victim named as police get more time to quiz murder suspects

POLICE have today named the woman who died after a stabbing in Ipswich as officers were granted more time to question three suspects in connection with the murder investigation.

Magistrates authorised a 36-hour extension of the time allowed to question the three suspects – two men aged 28 and 29 and a woman aged 59 – who were arrested on Wednesday evening.

They are being held in custody at Ipswich police station and will be questioned by detectives.

This comes after a 34-year-old woman, named today as Alison Studd, died yesterday at Ipswich Hospital after suffering severe blood loss following a stab wound to her leg.

Ms Studd, who is believed to have lived in Pauline Street, was injured after an alleged incident at a home in Withipoll Street at around 7.22pm on Wednesday.

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Three people – 59-year-old Rita Taylor, who is believed to live in Withipoll Street, 29-year-old Kai Taylor, of no fixed abode and John Grimwood, 28, understood to be of Canham Street – were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at the scene.

Police officers are today continuing to question the trio, in relation to Ms Studd’s murder.

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The 34-year-old, also known by her street drinking name Shady, is thought to have been going out with Mr Grimwood.

The couple were well-known among Ipswich’s street drinking community.

The incident followed an earlier attack outside Argos in Carr Street during which a 28-year-old woman was stabbed in the back and arm.

Police are linking the incidents and Mr Grimwood, 28, has also been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with this incident.

The latest murder investigation comes in the wake of three murders in the last 18 months, all linked to the town’s street drinking community.

On Christmas Day the body of street drinker Martin Edwards was discovered at his flat in Pipers Court, Old Foundary Road.

Three men – Patrick Heggarty, 51, of Limerick Close, Ipswich, Christopher Page, 37, of Old Foundary Road and Timothy Bailey, 28, of Spring Road have been charged in connection with his murder and are due to appear in court in March.

In the summer of 2009 the body of Des Thorpe, another member of Ipswich’s street drinking community, was discovered at a house just yards from the Limerick Close property searched in connection with Mr Edwards’ death.

On August 10, 2009, Mr Thorpe was found in a first-floor flat. Shortly afterwards police officers arrested his daughter Lorraine Thorpe, who was 15 at the time, on suspicion of his murder.

Thorpe was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court and sentenced to a minimum of 14 years behind bars after also being found guilty of murdering another alcoholic, Rosalyn Hunt.

Ms Hunt, 41, of Victoria Street, Ipswich, died between August 1 and 10, 2009, after being tortured by Thorpe and her boyfriend Paul Clarke, of Mountbatten Court, Ipswich. Clarke was also found guilty of both murders and is currently serving a minimum 27-year jail sentence.

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