Pitsea man dies from injuries after assault

A man who was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition after an assault in Pitsea has now died.

A 47-year-old man from Basildon who was initially arrested on suspicion of GBH has now additionally been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It is believed the victim, a man aged in his 60s, was assaulted in the Pitsea area at about 2am on Wednesday morning either while walking his dog or at his home in the Malyons Mews area.

Throughout the day his condition worsened and he was subsequently admitted to hospital, where his condition again deteriorated.

Senior Investigating Officer, Julie Gowen, said: “Tragically, I can now confirm the victim of this assault has now died and my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in my team are with his family and friends.

“The investigation is fast-moving and my team are working tirelessly to establish what happened in the lead up to the assault and the hours after it.

“Incidents such as this will understandably cause concern within the community. This is not being treated as a random attack. We believe the person who carried out this attack and the victim were known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.

“I would also reiterate my earlier appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the assault of a dog walker in the Pitsea area at about 2am on Wednesday morning to come forward.”

Acting Chief Inspector Steve Parry, of Basildon Community Policing Team, added: “This tragic incident will naturally cause shock within our community. I know detectives in our Major Crime Team have worked through the night on this investigation and continue to make progress on it today.

“But I am also acutely aware of the impact it will have on the Pitsea community.

“There will be highly visible police patrols in place throughout today and into the weekend.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on it should call 101 and cite incident 1522 of September 15.

You can also 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.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org

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Mick Ferris

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