Police are questioning eight men on suspicion of murder after two teenage boys were stabbed to death yesterday.
The two boys, who earlier today were named locally as Charlie and Frankie, were killed at Regency Court in Brentwood, on the Essex-East London border, in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 24).
Police rushed to the scene at 1.30am on Sunday morning, where three people were suffering from serious injuries, including the two teenagers who died despite the best efforts of medics.
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The third person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The eight men who have since been arrested are aged between 19 and 49, Essex Police said on Monday.
All are from Essex, with five from the town of Grays, two from South Ockendon, and one from Brentwood.
No official cause of death for the teenagers has yet been given, and forensic post-mortem examinations will be carried out.
Essex Police, which is leading an ongoing investigation into the deaths, said they would await the results of the examinations before releasing the boys’ identities, but in local tributes, they have been referred to as Charlie and Frankie.
Senior investigating officer detective chief inspector Stuart Truss said: “At the moment, we are exploring numerous lines of enquiry which include assessing hours of CCTV which show the area in question.
“We also have specially-trained family liaison officers in place who are continuing to support the boys’ families.
“I am also echoing an appeal for anyone who was in the Crown Street area of Brentwood between 10pm on Saturday and 5am on Sunday morning to come forward and speak to us if they have not already done so.”
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Crown Street remains closed today while police and forensics continue their investigations into what happened.
Brentwood has been shocked by the stabbings on Sunday, just over a week after Southend West MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in Leigh-on-Sea, a town just half an hour away.
A neighbour described hearing shouts and someone “yelling out in pain” from the scene of the suspected Brentwood murder on Sunday morning.
Mark MacIntosh said he had only just arrived home before he heard shouting and screaming coming from the nearby residence.
He said: “I came in five minutes before I heard the shouts and screams.
“I said should I go down as I usually do if I think there’s something serious but I couldn’t hear.”
Mr MacIntosh said he ‘paced around his flat wondering what he should do’.
He added: “As I reflect I realise that what I heard was somebody yelling out in pain who may have lost his life shortly thereafter.”
Tributes have poured in on social media and at the scene on Crown Street following the incident yesterday, with flowers and cards left by locals.
A group bearing flowers were allowed through the police cordon to leave the flowers outside.
One teenage girl burst into tears as they approached the scene.
Essex Police has said a visible policing presence will continue in Brentwood over the coming days to reassure the community.
Anyone with any information has been asked to contact the force on 101 and cite incident 125 of October 24.
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