Police worked through the night to progress their investigation into reported disturbances in Billericay yesterday evening, Monday August 30.
Officers received several calls from residents reporting groups of teenagers behaving anti-socially and at around 7pm, they were called to reports that a teenager had been stabbed in Morris Avenue.
When police arrived, a 16-year old boy was found with serious injuries to his legs.
The injuries are not described as life-threatening or life-changing and he is now recovering in hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Blakesley, of the South Command team, said: “At this time, we believe that this was a targeted incident between known parties.
“We know this incident will be concerning for those of you who work and live in the area, but please know that we are taking this very seriously and we are confident that there is no threat to the wider public.
“Our officers will be a visible presence in Billericay and its surrounding areas, and we are speaking with local residents, reviewing available CCTV and investigating the information provided to us so far.
“If you may be able to help our investigation and have not already spoken with us, please get in contact or talk to an officer directly.
“Know that we will not tolerate this behaviour in our communities and anyone carrying a weapon, no matter what your justification may be, will be dealt with robustly.”
Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with dash cam or doorbell footage from the area, to get in contact.
You can submit information via the police website or call Basildon CID on 101.
The incident number to quote is 1024 of 30 August.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.