Southend: Extra Police After Man Stabbed

Expect to see extra police in Southend after a 19-year-old was stabbed over the weekend.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 11:30am on Sunday, May 5 following reports that they were taking a man to hospital with stab wounds from a home on York Road.

Officers visited the hospital and the home, after which they discovered that a stabbing had taken place in nearby Warrior Square.

As a result, it was cordoned off for two hours while a forensic examination was completed.

The 19-year-old male victim from New Cross Gate in south London is currently in a stable condition in hospital after receiving treatments for a minor stab wound.

He is currently refusing to tell police what happened.

An 18-year-old from Borough in south London was arrested on suspicion of assault and later released on police bail until Saturday, July 20 pending further enquiries.

Neighbourhood Policing Supt Nick Morris said: "This appears to be an isolated stabbing involving a group of people from London who have travelled to Southend.

"Monday’s increased police presence underlines our determination to crack down on violent crime in the town.

"Our aim is both to deter anyone thinking of carrying a weapon to commit an act of violence and to arrest them if they are foolish enough to do so."

Anyone with information in connection with the stabbing in Warrior Square is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.