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One dead and second injured in stabbing

PUBLISHED: 10:20 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:46 07 May 2019

Forensics teams have been spotted at the scene Picture: ARCHANT

Forensics teams have been spotted at the scene Picture: ARCHANT

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A murder investigation is underway after a man was stabbed to death in Colchester.

Officers were called shortly before 1.10am with reports of stabbing in Buffett Way Picture: ARCHANTOfficers were called shortly before 1.10am with reports of stabbing in Buffett Way Picture: ARCHANT

Officers were called shortly before 1.10am today, Tuesday, May 7, with reports of stabbing in Buffett Way.

A man in his 30s was found injured and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he later died.

Police ave found Robert Brown, who they believed to have been injured in the incident. Picture: ESSEX POLICEPolice ave found Robert Brown, who they believed to have been injured in the incident. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Police have since clarified they are treating the man's death as murder.

A second man is also thought to be hurt, but police say he left the scene before emergency services arrived.

One man is dead and a second is thought to be hurt, but police say he left the scene before emergency services arrived Picture: ARCHANTOne man is dead and a second is thought to be hurt, but police say he left the scene before emergency services arrived Picture: ARCHANT

He has been identified as Robert Brown, 44, of no fixed address, and is believed to have links to Braintree and Colchester.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “It's really important that we find Robert Brown as he may be seriously injured and we and his family are very concerned for his welfare.

A cordon remains in place in Buffett Way Picture: ARCHANTA cordon remains in place in Buffett Way Picture: ARCHANT

“We ask Robert or anyone who knows where he is to please get in touch so that we can make sure he is okay and he received any medical treatment he might need.”

Our journalist at the scene has witnessed police launching a drone to survey the area, as well as forensics teams and multiple officers on site.

Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call the North Major Crime Team on 101 Picture: ARCHANTWitnesses and anyone with information are asked to call the North Major Crime Team on 101 Picture: ARCHANT

Two people living in flats opposite the crime scene, who did not wish to give their names, said they were woken this morning by the sound of a helicopter.

Christian Laven, who was cycling near to the scene just after midnight, said he saw several police cars in Buffett Way.

A man in his 30s was found injured at the scene and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he later died Picture: ARCHANTA man in his 30s was found injured at the scene and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, he later died Picture: ARCHANT

“I don't think anyone's really been informed what's happening so far,” he said.

“I think a lot of people are anxious to hear about the news. They're not too sure about having all of this going on 20 metres from where they're living.”

Police were called to the scene of a stabbing in Buffet Way, Greenstead, Colchester Picture: SIMON DAVISPolice were called to the scene of a stabbing in Buffet Way, Greenstead, Colchester Picture: SIMON DAVIS

A cordon remains in place in Buffett Way.

Det Sup Int Jennings added: “We are continuing our enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and we'd like to speak to anyone who was in the Buffett Way area in the early hours of this morning and saw what happened or anything suspicious.

Police have taped off the area around Buffet Way, Greenstead, Colchester, following the death of a man Picture: SIMON DAVISPolice have taped off the area around Buffet Way, Greenstead, Colchester, following the death of a man Picture: SIMON DAVIS

“We're also keen to speak to anyone with CCTV, dash cam or mobile phone footage.”

Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call the North Major Crime Team on 101 or contact the force via email.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.

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