City rocked by double murder
TWO young men were killed in a stabbing attack in Hill St, North Ipswich, on Saturday night.
Police attended a disturbance at the street around 11.45pm and found three men with stab wounds.
A 22-year-old East Ipswich man was found dead at the scene, while an 18-year-old North Ipswich man was transported to the Ipswich Hospital with serious injuries but died a short time later.
A 24-year-old North Ipswich man, believed to be residing in Hill St, suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to his back and was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Police have charged a 22-year-old North Ipswich man and an 18-year-old Ipswich man in relation to the incident.
The 22-year-old man was charged with two counts of murder and one count of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
The younger man was later charged with two counts of murder and one count of wounding.
The pair are scheduled to appear before the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.
Ipswich police Criminal Investigative Branch Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Allan Fynes-Clinton said investigations were continuing, but it appeared the attack began after a group of people arrived in the street to visit a residence.
"The disturbance was in the street rather than in a residence," Acting Snr Sgt Fynes-Clinton said.
"It appears that all of those involved were local people."
Many Hill St residents stayed inside their homes, but long-time resident Shirley McDonald was waiting in her yard for police to give her permission to place flowers on the street.
"They were young boys, and I feel terrible for their mothers," Mrs McDonald said.
"I was asleep when my son woke me up and told me the news in the middle of the night.
"I hadn't heard anything during the night, but after I woke up I walked down to see my daughter who lives further down the road.
"When I was walking down I saw about 30 police and other vehicles in the street, and I saw people with trolleys picking up the dead bodies as I walked past."
Acting Snr Sgt Fynes-Clinton confirmed a section of Liverpool St was also cordoned off in relation to the murder investigation in order to trace a person or persons who ran from the Hill St disturbance.