Police have been working throughout the night to progress their investigations into several disturbances that occurred in Southend last night, Monday July 19.
Two teenage boys were stabbed on Marine Parade shortly before 7.40pm and officers worked quickly to search 12 teenagers and recover knives from the scene.
Extra stop and search powers were granted which ran until midnight. A dispersal order remained in place until 4am this morning.
Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: “At this time, we believe these were targeted attacks and we worked quickly to take weapons off of the street.
“My officers have been processing CCTV throughout the night and we’re continuing to work hard to identify those responsible for last night’s disorder. The two victims are being supported in hospital, where one remains in a serious condition.
“I understand that these incidents will have been very concerning for the community, and I’d like to say thank you to them. Thank you those who stepped in to give first aid, to anyone who phoned us with information, and anyone who has shared their CCTV with us.
“In Southend, we’re a community, and we’re working hard to keep our community safe. We have the second largest increase in footfall of any coastal town in the UK at the moment – second only to Blackpool – and with that can come criminal and anti-social behaviour, but we’re continuing to disrupt these incidents where we can, seize weapons to prevent them from being used in further crime, and bringing perpetrators to justice.”
“We’ll be putting extra patrols in place and I’d continue to urge people to come forward if they have any further information. You can submit it as a report through our website or by using the ‘Live Chat’ function on there. Of course, if you’d prefer to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”