Police have made four arrests following an assault on a boy in Pitsea.
Officers were called shortly after 1.55pm today to reports a 12-year-old boy had been assaulted in Mayfair Avenue.
He was airlifted to hospital with a knife wound to his back. His injury was described as serious but not life-threatening.
Officers arrived quickly on scene and arrested four teenagers on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. The girl and three boys, all aged 14, remain in custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Stewart Eastbrook said: “This was a nasty incident on a young boy and our officers were on scene quickly to carry out enquiries and a search of the area.
“We are continuing to piece together information to establish the circumstances behind the incident and we believe those involved are known to each other.
“Officers remain in the area speaking to witnesses and gathering information to help with our investigation, and we’d like to thank members of the public who have spoken to us already.
“There were a number of people in the area at the time and we’d like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or has any mobile phone or CCTV footage that could help us with our enquiries.
“I know this incident is very concerning for local residents and I would ask anyone with concerns or information to please speak to officers who are at the scene and on patrol in the area.”
Please contact Basildon CID on 101 quoting incident 591 of today’s date or report online at https://www.essex.police.uk
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org