Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Essex has been shaken by yet another tragedy – just over a week after Sir David Amess’ death.

The city of Brentwood, Essex, woke up to the news that two teenage boys had died after a disturbance in the early hours near the city center.

Police arrived at Regency Court around 1.30am, just off Crown Street, with reports of three people being injured.

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Despite efforts by all affected emergency services, two boys were confirmed dead while another person received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers confirmed this morning (Sunday, October 24) that eight people had been arrested on suspicion of murder – since confirmed as eight men – and remain in police custody.

Police and forensic technicians have been on the scene during the day, with the road being cordoned off to the public.

A blue tent and police tape cover the area where teams continue to conduct a murder investigation.

“A poor mother has ruined her world”

Police at the scene where two boys died in Brentwood, Essex
Police at the scene where two boys died in Brentwood, Essex

In the hours since the news broke, residents have been inundated to share their grief and shock.

Luke Smith, 38, who lives along South Street, said he heard “shouting” while he was late out doing do-it-yourself, but did not think it was anything more than the usual Saturday noises from the city.

“It’s phenomenal and very unusual,” he said. “It can be busy on a Saturday or Friday night, but I never expected this.

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“I have lived all over Essex, but thought this area was the safest. You think it’s someone’s parents who’s getting that call. “

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Another anonymous resident of South Street said their thoughts are with the affected loved ones.

They said: “You feel for the family – a poor mother has ruined her world.

“We have always had noise and what-not from the clubs and the kids coming up and down, but I would not expect this.

“I feel sorry for the people, their parents and their families. A poor mother has a broken heart today.”

“Shock condition”

Police at the scene where two boys died in Brentwood, Essex
Police at the scene where two boys died in Brentwood, Essex

Brentwood and Ongar MP Alex Burghart said the community is in a “state of shock”.

Today he said: “Incidents like these are quite rare in our city and getting boys killed in one night has made us very sad.

“I fully understand that people will be shaken by this, but I hope they take some reassurance that the police believe it is an isolated incident and will provide improved police presence in the coming days.

“There are no words I can say to make it better, but my deepest condolences go to the affected families and I know everyone in Brentwood will send their sympathy as well.”

The police investigation is ongoing

Rescue services have been working at the site near Crown Street all day
Rescue services have been working at the site near Crown Street all day

Essex Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of the two teenage boys.

Police said the incident required an “immediate and large-scale response” to gather what happened in up to their deaths.

Superintendent Steve Jennings described the incident as a “targeted attack” and assured residents that the force does not believe there is any additional risk or threat.

The eight people who have been arrested on suspicion of murder are still in custody.

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Chief Inspector Mark Barber appealed for anyone with information to help police with their investigation.

Officers are especially eager for information from a period of seven hours last night.

He said: “We would like to appeal to everyone who was in the Crown Street area of ​​Brentwood between 10pm last night and 5am this morning and witnessed any suspicious behavior.

“If you saw it, please come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about it, should call the police on 101 and report incident 125 today, October 24th.

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