Essex Police have launched a murder investigation after two stabbings in Colchester.
One man was found dead in the street and another was taken to hospital with a stab wound.
Officers were called by the ambulance service shortly after 8.20am on Monday 11 February after reports a man had been found dead in Ryegate Road. He had been stabbed in the back.
On Sunday, another man was taken to hospital suffering from a stab wound after an attack in George Street.
Police say they're linking the two incidents, saying they were targeted but isolated attacks.
They are appealing to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened or has any information to call the police.
“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.
Police were called to the first stabbing at 9.55pm on Sunday evening when a man was found with stab wounds in George Street.
A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital with wounds to his back. His injuries are serious but not believed to be life threatening.
He remains in hospital receiving treatment.