Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

A teenager has been accused of murdering two boys during a riot in Essex.

Police officers were called to reports three people were injured in Regency Court, Brentwood1.30 last Sunday.

Two teenagers later died while the third person was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The scene at Regency Court in Brentwood, Essex, where two teenage boys died in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Image Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021.
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The stage at Regency Court in Brentwood, Essex

Frankie Watson, 19, of Baker Street, Orsett, has been remanded in custody for appearing in Southend Magistrates’ Court today.

He is charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder and possession of an assault weapon.

It comes after two other men, including a 20-year-old from Grays and a 21-year-old from South Ockendon, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

They have been released on bail until November 19.

Forensic scientists at the Regency Court in Brentwood, Essex, where two teenage boys died early Sunday morning.  Image Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021.
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Forensic scientists conducted a study at the Regency Court in Brentwood

A 40-year-old man from Brentwood was also released during investigation.

Following the incident on Sunday, Chief Inspector Mark Barber said: “There will continue to be a very visible police presence in Brentwood this morning and indeed all day.

“I am very aware that this incident will shock many without the community.

“My officers will be there all day – they will be there to calm you down and keep you safe.

A forensic pathologist at Regency Court in Brentwood, Essex, where two teenage boys died in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Image Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021.
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A third person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries

“If you have any concerns or information about the incident, do not hesitate to come forward and talk to them.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Clarkson, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, also said over the weekend: “This incident has required an immediate and large-scale response, and officers and investigators have worked through the night to gather what happened in the lead to this tragic incident.”

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