Two boys who were killed successful Essex successful what detectives are treating arsenic suspected murders were 16 years old, the section MP has said.
Police were called to an code successful Regency Court, Brentwood, astatine astir 1.30am connected Sunday. Three radical were recovered injured astatine the country and, 2 of them died. The 3rd boy’s injuries were not life-threatening oregon life-changing, constabulary said.
Eight radical were arrested connected suspicion of murder, and connected Monday greeting constabulary remained astatine the scene. There are reports that the boys are suspected to person sustained stab wounds, but constabulary person yet to corroborate this, pending the results of forensic postmortem examinations.
The Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, Alex Burghart, said the boys’ deaths had shaken the community. He told the BBC: “We’re each beauteous shaken successful Brentwood aft the events of the weekend. We don’t truly person excessively galore events similar this successful our municipality truthful to suffer 2 16-year-olds truthful needlessly and senselessly … has near america each precise upset.
“I anticipation radical volition instrumentality immoderate solace from the information that constabulary person said they judge this was an isolated incidental and that they volition beryllium expanding the constabulary beingness connected the streets successful the adjacent fewer days.”
DCI Andy Clarkson, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, who is starring the investigation, said: “We recognize determination volition people beryllium daze and interest wrong the assemblage aft specified a tragic nonaccomplishment of life. But astatine this signifier we bash not judge determination is immoderate wider menace to the public.”
Floral tributes person been near on the constabulary cordon and a publication of condolence was opened astatine the St Thomas of Canterbury church. The religion said connected Facebook it would beryllium holding a sung requiem wide astatine 7pm connected Monday “to commune for the 2 teenagers”.
Anyone who witnessed the incidental oregon who has accusation connected it is being asked to interaction constabulary connected 101.