Teenagers arrested in murder probe after man, 21, dies from stab wound

Forensics teams at the scene in Clacton town centre

Forensics teams at the scene in Clacton town centre - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man from a stab wound in Clacton town centre.

Officers from Essex Police were called to Rosemary Road shortly after midnight today to reports of a disturbance.

Police arrived to discover a 21-year-old man had suffered a stab wound and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

A police cordon was set up in Rosemary Road and connecting streets

A police cordon was set up in Rosemary Road and connecting streets - Credit: Sonya Duncan

However, Essex Police later confirmed the man had died.

Detectives launched a murder investigation within hours of the incident and closed several roads in Clacton town centre, including Rosemary Road, Rosemary Crescent, Station Road, Orwell Road and parts of High Street.

Three 15-year-old boys, an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 20-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All six remain in custody.

Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder

Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Forensics investigators were seen in Rosemary Raod on Sunday morning as a police cordon was put in place throughout the town centre.

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Chief Inspector Colin Cox, of Essex Police, said: "Our officers worked really swiftly to deal with this incident, we were at the scene from the outset and, within a matter of hours, we had arrested six people. They remain in custody.

The incident happened shortly after midnight

The incident happened shortly after midnight - Credit: Sonya Duncan

"To allow my officers to carry out forensic investigation work and secure vital evidence, we have had to close several main roads through Clacton town centre today.

"I’d like to take a moment to thank the community for their support and patience whilst these have been closed. 

"I know those closures have caused disruption for businesses and residents, however we are really grateful to everyone for their support.

"We know the community understands how vital it is that we secure the evidence we need to ensure we secure justice for the young man who has lost his life. We would like to thank everyone, and our partners at Tendring District Council, for supporting us throughout today.

"We will reopen the roads as soon as it is possible to do so and we will keep you updated.

"Detectives from our Major Crime Teams are working around the clock on this investigation. They are being supported by uniformed colleagues who are guarding our crime scene, assisting with the investigation, making enquiries, carrying out patrols and reassuring the wider community."


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