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A man who died after being stabbed in Laindon has been named as father-of-four James Gibbons.
The 34-year-old, of Iris Mews in Laindon, died soon after he was attacked in the road at about 9.30pm on Sunday May 2.
Police believe Mr Gibbons sustained the injuries after attempting to go to the aid of another man.
His family have described him as a loving father who would always look out for anyone less fortunate than himself.
In a statement, his family said: “James was an amazing father of four young children, engaged to his partner of 11 years, and was a loving and supportive son and brother.
“James was a hard-working family-orientated man, who ran his own bathroom fitting company and was looking forward to a positive future for him and his family.”
They added: “This tragedy occurred after he had spent the day celebrating his two-year-old twin girls’ birthday at home and we are absolutely broken beyond belief at this pointless loss which has had a devastating effect on us all.
“James was the kind of person who would always be prepared to help anyone less fortunate than himself, which is what he was doing on Sunday night.
“As a family we are urging anyone to come forward with any information that may help the police as they investigate James’ death in the hope we can get justice.”
Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two have been released on bail until May 28. One has been released on bail until May 25.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, has footage of what led to it or has information on it should 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.
You can also call 101 and cite incident 1292 of May 2.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org