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Witness appeal to stabbing in Essex

The family of a man stabbed in Essex are appealing for witnesses to come forward. 20-year-old James Johnson was stabbed in the head during a fight on Mill Lane in Harwich in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He's critically ill in a London hospital. Three men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. All were released on bail, but one of the men was re-arrested last night. In a statement James's father urged witnesses to talk to the police.

"We have so far had good support from the community, but we still are missing key information and the handle of the knife that was embedded in James' head. We know this attack is the talk of the town and is being discussed on social networking sites. We understand the reluctance of some witnesses to come forward, but several of their friends and neighbours have so far done so which shows courage. James' family are at his bedside and are desperate to know what happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. People can email us if they don't wish to speak directly with an officer."

– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Parkes

"The police know there are people who have yet to contact them. I know there are locals who have yet to contact them. I would urge them to do so as we, family and friends, desperately want to know how he sustained these injuries. He is hanging on in there. We are all both upset and angry at not knowing the facts. Please call the police."

– James' father

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