Police investigate following large disturbance in Westcliff

Police are investigating following a large disturbance in Westcliff.

Officers were called at 7.05pm yesterday, Friday July 24, to reports of a large group of people fighting, some with weapons, in Chalkwell Esplanade, near Chalkwell train station.

Officers were quickly on the scene with colleagues from British Transport Police to respond to the incident and carry out searches assisted by a police helicopter. The large group of people dispersed around the local area.

Two 15-year-old boys were taken to hospital. One had head and leg injuries, including a stab wound to the leg. The other had a stab wound to his arm.

An 18-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of drugs, and a 20-year-old man from South Ockendon was arrested on suspicion of affray. They remain in custody for questioning.

Enquiries are continuing to identify further people who may have been involved in the incident.

Chief Inspector Ashley Howard said: “We urge anyone who information about the incident to make contact with our detectives in Southend CID on 101 quoting reference 1144 of today’s date.”


Mick Ferris

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