Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death at a house party.
Police were called to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been stabbed during a disturbance outside a house in Marlowe Way, Colchester, at around 10pm on Saturday night.
He was taken to Colchester General Hospital with abdominal injuries but died shortly after arriving, Essex Police said.
A 17-year-old boy and two men, both aged 18, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
They are all from Colchester and are being questioned at separate police stations in north Essex, police said.
– An Essex Police spokesman
We have been in contact with this boy's parents and they are aware of the news.
Our priority is to now find out what happened during this house party on Saturday evening and we would urge all those who had been there at any stage of the night to contact us.
Anyone with information in connection with this death is urged to contact detectives at Colchester's Major Investigation Team on 101, email SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.