A killer who stabbed a rival to death in Ipswich as part of a feud between two Norfolk gangs took part in another violent attack in Norwich less than six months earlier, it can be revealed.

Alfie Hammett, 19 - who was convicted last month of the murder of Raymond James Quigley - was back in the dock this week in connection with the earlier incident.

Hammett pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following violence on Prince of Wales Road on the evening of September 11, 2022, less than five months before Mr Quigley's death.

Eastern Daily Press: Raymond James Quigley, who is known as James, (inset) and the scene in Ipswich where he was stabbed to deathRaymond James Quigley, who is known as James, (inset) and the scene in Ipswich where he was stabbed to death (Image: Suffolk Police/Newsquest)

As part of his bail conditions for the Prince of Wales incident, Hammett -  who was part of city gang Third Side - was banned from Norwich.

It was this that prompted his move to Ipswich. There, he and gang ally Joshua Howell murdered Mr Quigley - who was from Wymondham and part of rival gang Only The Money - in an attack in the town's busy shopping area in January last year.

It was the second murder to be linked to the deadly rivalry between the two Norfolk gangs.

In January 2022, Joe Dix, also from Third Side was stabbed to death on the streets of Mile Cross by members of Only The Money.

Eastern Daily Press: Alfie Hammett (left) and Joshua HowellAlfie Hammett (left) and Joshua Howell (Image: Suffolk Police)


Following the violence in September 2022, Hammett was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH), affray, and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

At Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, Hammett - who appeared in the dock wearing a blue and white Nike tracksuit as well as black hair and a beard - pleaded guilty to an ABH charge, with the other offences asked to lie on file.

Eastern Daily Press: Norwich Crown CourtNorwich Crown Court (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)Azza Brown, prosecuting, said that in the light of his murder conviction, this plea was acceptable.

He has yet to be sentenced for Mr Quigley's murder, and Judge Katharine Moore said it was likely the sentence for the Prince of Wales Road offence would be sent to the crown court at Ipswich so he could be sentenced for both at the same time.

But she said it was a matter which would need to be decided by Norwich's resident judge Alice Robinson and Judge Martyn Levett at Ipswich. 

Eastern Daily Press: Prince of Wales Road, NorwichPrince of Wales Road, Norwich (Image: Newsquest)


Hammett and Howell were convicted of murder at Ipswich Crown Court last month after a trial of more than five weeks.

While Hammett was in the Third Side, Howell was part of Ipswich's IP3 or Nacton gang, which was affiliated to the Third Side.

Mr Quigley, from Only The Money, was in the Suffolk town visiting friends and the prosecution say Howell and Hammett were searching the town for him.

The pair confronted him on Westgate Street, where Hammett attacked him, as Howell wielded a machete to prevent the victim's friends from intervening.

Eastern Daily Press: Ipswich Crown CourtIpswich Crown Court (Image: Newsquest)

Howell chased one of those friends at knifepoint into the nearby branch of JD Sports, allowing Hammett to kill Mr Quigley.

The victim was stabbed four times in the torso before running into Cards Direct, where he bled to death.

The trial was told the rivalry between the Norfolk gangs had prompted the attack on January 17 last year.

It also heard links to the murder of Mr Dix, 18, who was stabbed exactly 12 months earlier.

Eastern Daily Press: Emergency services on scene after the murder in IpswichEmergency services on scene after the murder in Ipswich (Image: Newsquest)

Suffolk police had found a picture of Hammett showing him at Vale Green, the street in Mile Cross where Mr Dix was killed, and which has since become a memorial site for him.

However, it was said in court that there was no evidence that Mr Quigley, Hammett or Howell were involved in the murder of Mr Dix.