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Bury St Edmunds teenager appears in court charged with murder over fatal stabbing in Ipswich

By Newsdesk Bury

A Bury St Edmunds teenager has appeared at court charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Ipswich last month.

Officers were called to Turin Street just after 1.50pm on Sunday, December 16 to reports that a man had been stabbed.

Daniel Saunders, 32 and originally from Surrey, died at the scene of the incident.

Daniel Saunders (6454290)
Daniel Saunders (6454290)

A post-mortem concluded that the cause of death was as a result of a single stab wound to the abdomen.

A 17-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds – who cannot be named for legal reasons - was arrested on Wednesday, January 9 and taken into police custody for questioning.

He was charged with murder and also possession of a bladed article in a public place, which relates to an offence in Essex on December 20, and remanded to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning (January 11).

Magistrates committed him to Ipswich Crown Court where he appeared this afternoon and was remanded in custody pending a hearing on Friday, April 12.

Three people - two men, aged 44 and 39, and a woman aged 31 – who were arrested in connection with the incident on Sunday, December 16, answered bail earlier today and will face no further police action.

The murder accused had been previously arrested in the Clacton area of Essex on Thursday, December 20 and subsequently released on bail after being questioned.

Three other teenagers also arrested at the same time remain on bail or under investigation.

They are an 18-year-old man from Colchester arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, was released on police bail until 18 January; a 17-year-old boy from the Colchester area; and a 15-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds; also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, were released under investigation.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of Turin Street, Kenyon Street and Wherstead Road on Sunday, December 16, and witnessed any suspicious persons or activity, to make contact.

This includes anyone driving through the area who has a dash cam fitted in their vehicle.

Officers are also keen to trace a woman who stopped at the scene shortly after the attack took place and assisted the victim.

She is described as aged in her 30s or 40s, speaking with a local accent and driving a people carrier with a sliding door.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team either by using the online portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363718M87-PO1 or by calling 101 and quoting reference 72682/18.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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