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Two men have been arrested today, Sunday February 2, in connection with the death of a man in Writtle.
An 18-year-old from Chelmsford was arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of drugs.
A 21-year-old man, also from Chelmsford, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
They remain in custody for questioning.
It follows the death of a 19-year-old man, who was stabbed outside the Rose and Crown pub in The Green, Writtle, at about 8pm on Friday January 31.
A second man, also aged 19, was also stabbed. He was discharged from hospital following treatment.
Four men were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday and have since been released without charge.
Police are carrying out extra patrols in parts of Chelmsford and as part of this increased presence, authorisation has been granted to use additional stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
This allows uniformed officers to search people for dangerous objects and weapons without the need to have a reasonable suspicion.
The use of these powers have been authorised for the Melbourne Estate area and are currently in place until 6pm today.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving and one person was given a cannabis warning.
Anyone with further information about the incident in Writtle on Friday who has yet to come forward is asked to contact the North Major Crime Team on 101 quoting incident 1107 of Friday 31 January.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org