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“I know this incident will naturally have caused concern across our communities in Brentwood and beyond, but I am keen to make it really clear that our initial enquiries show this to be an isolated incident and there isn’t any wider risk to the public.”
That is the message from Brentwood and Epping Forest District Commander, Chief Inspector Antony Alcock, after the death of two teenage boys following a disturbance in Regency Court in the early hours on Sunday October 24.
Ch Insp Alcock was joined in Brentwood High Street by Brentwood Borough Council leader Councillor Chris Hossack, and together they reassured residents that the town remains a safe place to live and work in.
Ch Insp Alcock said: “Brentwood is a safe place, and I would encourage everyone to continue going about their business in the town centre, whether it’s going to work or going to the local shops.
“Officers in the Brentwood Community Policing Team continue to carry out additional patrols and the boys families are being supported by our specially trained family liaison officers. The investigation continues to be conducted thoroughly and diligently by our Major Investigations Team.
“Responding to this incident, local officers were on scene within three minutes and, supported by our colleagues in the ambulance service, worked together to do everything they could to try and save the lives of those who sadly died. Eight arrests were made very quickly.
“The investigation will continue to be our top priority now and for the coming days.
“Our detectives are working round the clock to investigate the circumstances which led to the two boys losing their lives and they will remain in the area to carry out their enquiries.”
Ch Insp Alcock continued: “We appreciate the investigation has caused disruption to local businesses but this has now come to an end as all of the crime scenes are stood down, we are grateful for the assistance those businesses have given us.
“Officers in the Brentwood Community Policing Team will continue to carry out additional patrols. They are there to reassure you.
“Please come and talk to them about any subject, especially if you have any concerns; they’re here for you.
“Violence of this kind, and certainly murders, are very rare and Brentwood is a safe place to live in and to visit.
“We would ask you to continue to support us and our work with our partners at the local authority to promote and ensure your safety here in Brentwood.”
Councillor Hossack, said: “I know this tragic event in our town has shocked and saddened our close community. Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the boys whose lives were tragically taken. We have a very close working relationship with the police and are doing everything we can to support them in any way we can with their investigation.
“This terrible incident, while still mercifully rare in Brentwood, reinforces just how vital it is that we continue to work with our partners to deliver a coordinated approach to dealing with violence and anti-social behaviour and their causes, so that we can reduce crime and people’s fear of crime, improve the quality of life for residents and make Brentwood safer for all.”
Anyone who may be able to help us and our investigation, is asked to come forward and contact us on 101, quoting incident 125 of 24 October.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.