Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenage boys died in the early hours of this morning in Brentwood, Essex
Essex Police officers remain at the scene in what has been described as a major incident.
Crown Street and Regency Court were cordoned off by police, with a number of officers patrolling the area.
A neighbour said he heard shouts and someone ‘yelling out in pain’ from the scene of the double murder.
Two teenagers sadly died at the scene near Regency Court in Brentwood, Essex, while one other victim was taken to hospital with stab wounds
Emergency services attended the scene en-masse after receiving a number of calls from the public at around 1.30am this morning
A forensics tent was erected at the spot where the tragedy occurred as officers continue to gather evidence
The area remains cordoned off with a police guard in place since last night as Essex Police continue their investigation
The alleged murders took place close to this Georgian-style building at Regency Court in Brentwood
The street remains closed to traffic and pedestrians, except residents of the building nearby
Two forensic officers are spotted in the street, close to the spot where the violence occured
A police guard remains in place at the scene in Brentwood, Essex, after two teenage boys died
A blue tent was erected nearby and police tape was pulled across the site to block off public access
Brentwood is an affluent part of Essex, where many scenes of ITV’s hit reality series TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) are filmed
Mark MacIntosh told reporters that he had only just arrived home when he heard shouting and screaming coming from the nearby residence.
‘I came home last night, I came in five minutes before I heard the shouts and screams”, he said.
‘I said “should I go down?” as I usually do if I think there’s something serious but I couldn’t hear.’
He said he paced around his flat wondering what he should do.
‘Now ,as I reflect, I realise that what I heard was somebody yelling out in pain who may have lost his life shortly thereafter.’
A blue tent has been erected at the site and police tape was around it to block off public access.
A group of mourners also arrived at the scene this afternoon. They were allowed through the police cordon to leave flowers outside.
One teenage girl burst into tears as they approached the scene. Another mourner refused to speak to the press saying: ‘I don’t know anything.’
An Essex Police spokesman said: ‘We received a number of calls to Regency Court, including from colleagues in the ambulance service, at about 1.30am.
‘We arrived and found three people had been injured.
A forensic officer at the scene of the tragedy
‘Despite the efforts of medics, two of that group have now died. Their families are being supported by specialist officers.
‘We are working to establish how the boys died and a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out.
‘The third victim was treated for injuries which are neither life-threatening nor life-changing.’
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Clarkson, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, has led the investigation through the night.
He said: ‘This incident has required an immediate and a large-scale response and officers and investigators have worked through the night to piece together what happened in the lead up to this tragic incident.
‘Our investigations will continue throughout today.
Officers are patrolling the area to provide reassurance to anxious residents following the outbreak of violence in the early hours of this morning
A forensic officer next to a vehicle outside Regency Court, close to the spot where two boys lost their lives
‘We understand there will naturally be shock and concern within the community after such a tragic loss of life. But, at this stage, we do not believe there is any wider threat to the public.
‘We know there were a number of witnesses to this incident and I would urge anyone who saw anything in Regency Court and the roads around it in central Brentwood between 1am and 2am to come forward and speak to us if you have not already done so.’
Chief Inspector Mark Barber added: ‘There will continue to be a highly visible police presence in Brentwood this morning and indeed throughout the day.
‘I am acutely aware that this incident will shock many without the community. My officers will be there throughout the day – they will be there to reassure you and keep you safe. If you have any concerns or information on the incident then, please, do not hesitate to come forward and speak to them.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information should call Essex Police on 101 or report online, quoting incident 125 of October 24.