Extra Police Patrols In Colchester

11 February 2019, 18:07 | Updated: 12 February 2019, 08:08

Essex Police

Police say they're continuing investigations after two men were injured, one fatally, following incidents in Colchester.

Officers were called shortly after 8.20am this morning with reports a man, who has not yet been identified, had been found dead in Ryegate Road.

It is believed he had suffered a stab wound to his back.

Detectives think this is linked to another incident, which happened shortly before 9.55pm yesterday.

A 40-year-old man was found in George Street with stab wounds to his back and was taken to hospital with serious injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We are keeping an open mind as to the motives behind these violent incidents, however we are treating them as linked.

“This is because of the close proximity of the locations where the men were found.

“We believe these were targeted, isolated attacks and we will be working round the clock to find whoever is responsible.

“Colchester is a safe place but we understand people will naturally be concerned and we have increased patrols in the area to provide extra reassurance.

“We want to speak to anyone who was in Ryegate Road or George Street at the times of these incidents and saw anything suspicious.

“We’re grateful to those people who have already come forward with information, as any piece of information, however small, could really help our investigation.”