Police continue to appeal for information into death of man after stabbing in Basildon park

On what would have been his 47th birthday, Essex Police are renewing their appeal for information into the death of Basildon man Terry Leeks, who was fatally stabbed in Northlands Park on July 11.

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of his murder and they are currently on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Louise Metcalfe, who’s leading the investigation, said: “Terry should have been celebrating his birthday with his family, but instead they’re grieving his death.

“We’re making good progress with our investigation but I believe there are still people out there with information about what happened who haven’t come forward yet – either to us or anonymously to Crimestoppers.

“Do it for Terry and do it for his family.”

Paying tribute to Terry last week, his parents said: “We’re devastated by Terry’s death and we desperately need anyone who knows what happened to him to come forwards.

“Terry was always very polite and kind-hearted, he would do anything for anyone.

“We miss him dearly and want those responsible brought to justice.

CCTV footage was released last week of four people police want to identify who may be witnesses.

If you recognise any of the men, or if you are one them, please call 101 quoting crime reference number 42/136379/21.

You can also submit information through a special portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4201020121P78-PO1

Or you can report it online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers and you will stay anonymous.

If you contact Crimestoppers they don’t ask your name or any personal details, they don’t record your call and your number is never displayed.

When information is passed to the police, it doesn’t contain any information which could identify you.

Mick Ferris

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