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Murder investigation launched in Colchester after three men found dead

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers

A triple murder investigation has been launched after three men were found dead with stab wounds at an address in Colchester in Essex.

Police were called to Wellesley Road at around 10.15pm on Saturday over concerns for the welfare of two men following reports of an altercation.

Officers attending the scene found two men dead inside a property, while the body of a third man was discovered in a car outside.

The three men were found in Wellesley Road, Colchester. Credit: ITV Anglia

David Beales, 64, an Anglican minister who lives on the street opposite the property affected, said he "heard nothing" overnight and woke up to find police officers walking up and down the road.

"This is normally quite a peaceful street", he said, adding: "There has been a history of sometimes noise in the flats where the incident took place, but nothing dire like this."

Mr Beales explained he did not know anyone affected by the incident, but had phoned to check on an elderly neighbour in the flats.

Police are on the scene. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say they don't think this was gang-related and think the individuals knew each other.

A total of ten crime scenes are under investigation, including other vehicles and properties.

Anyone who was in or around the Wellesley Road area between 6pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday and witnessed suspicious or unusual behaviour is urged to contact police.

A 32-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Essex Police said.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident but are "keeping an open mind", the force said.

A 32-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Credit: ITV Anglia

Anyone who was in or around the Wellesley Road area between 6pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday and witnessed suspicious or unusual behaviour is urged to contact police.

Wellesley Road is closed while inquiries continue.