Ipswich McDonald's stabbing: Four arrested

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Forensic officers at scene of Ipswich stabbing
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Forensic officers searched the scene of the stabbing in Ipswich

Four people have been arrested over a stabbing at a fast food restaurant that left a boy aged 16 critically injured.

The attack happened at about 19:30 BST on Wednesday at the McDonald's in Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich.

The unidentified teenager was taken to Ipswich Hospital with "life-threatening injuries" but is now expected to make a full recovery, Suffolk Police said.

Police are questioning the arrested people. It is the third stabbing in the town in the past two weeks.

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The stabbing at McDonald's is the third in a fortnight in Ipswich

Suffolk Police said "the victim is stable, is actually awake and talking and is expected to make a full recovery" but had not yet been interviewed about the attack.

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Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said: "We are at the hospital supporting the victim's family.

"The support of the public remains absolutely crucial and I urge anyone who may have the slightest information to call us straight away."

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The attack happened at McDonald's in Ravenswood Avenue

The attack took place close to Ipswich Academy.

Principal Helen Winn said staff and pupils were shocked at the news, adding: "We regularly talk to the students about issues like knife crime and how to stay safe."

A McDonald's spokeswoman said: "We are doing everything we can to support all crew involved in the incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man involved."

This stabbing was a mile away from where 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was fatally stabbed in Packard Avenue 11 days ago.

There was a second attack in Pauline Street on Monday, where a man was stabbed in the torso and legs.

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The area around the Ravenswood McDonalds in Ipswich was sealed off

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