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Man In Critical Condition After Assault In Wickford
A man is in a critical condition after being assaulted following a shoplifting in Wickford.
He chased after two youths after a shoplifting at Costcutter in Southend Road at around 8:15om yesterday (20/03) and was then found seriously injured.
He's been taken to Queens Hospital in Romford where he's in a critical but stable condition.
A cordon has been placed around the scene and enquiries are continuing.
A 15-year-old boy from Wickford has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and another suspect is still outstanding.
Any witnesses are asked to contact police at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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