Four arrested after man stabbed to death in Essex park

Basildon Park
Police were called to Northlands Park in Basildon, Essex, where a man had been stabbed in the stomach. (Google Maps)

Four people have been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in an Essex park. 

Police were called to Northlands Park in Basildon at 1.35am on Sunday (11 July) after reports that a man had been injured. 

When they arrived they found a man who had been stabbed in the stomach. 

He was taken to hospital but died there, Essex Police said.

Four people - a 42-year-old woman, two men aged 41 and 45, and a 15-year-old boy - have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody, the force said.

Detective Inspector Kev Hughes, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "I know this incident will concern people living around the Northlands Park area but I want to reassure them we do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the wider public.

"At this time we believe this was a targeted incident with those involved known to each other.

"Officers acted swiftly to make arrests and our enquiries are ongoing.

"Uniformed officers, plain clothed detectives, and forensics experts will remain at the scene and you are likely to see an increased police presence in the area.

"I need anyone who saw anything or has any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage, or any other information, to contact my team."

Anyone with any information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

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