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Murder investigation launched after man stabbed near Southend United's football stadium

A murder investigation has been launched following a stabbing near Southend's Roots Hall stadium. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed near Southend United's football stadium.

Police were called to Roots Hall Drive shortly before midnight on Thursday.

A man, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his leg where he later died.

Meanwhile, officers are also investigating a separate incident the town centre in which a man was stabbed by three men on bikes.

The man, who's aged in his 20s, was attacked on the High Street at around 8.15pm on Thursday evening.

He was taken to hospital and treated for non-serious injuries.

The two incidents aren't being linked.

Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the town over the weekend in response to the incidents.

"We do not think these are linked and are treating both as targeted and isolated attacks. We do not believe there is any further risk to members of the public," Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin said.

"Sadly these are the very real consequences of knife crime and it's why we work tirelessly with our local partners to deter anyone from carrying a knife through campaigns such as Operation Sceptre and the presence of knife bins outside local police stations, and various other locations, across the county.

"We urge anyone thinking about carrying a knife to reconsider and ask the community to help spread our messages about the devastating and life-changing impact of knife crime.”