Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenage boys died in the early hours of the morning in Brentwood town centre.

Essex Police were called to Regency Court at around 1.30am and found three people had been injured.

Despite attempts to save them, two of them ended up losing their lives. The third victim was treated for injuries were neither life-threatening nor life-changing.

The street was cordoned off this morning by police following the attack, which has been described as a ‘major incident’.

At least nine police cars were spotted at the scene, along with a blue forensics tent.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Clarkson said: ‘This incident has required an immediate and a large-scale response and officers and investigators have worked through the night to piece together what happened in the lead up to this tragic incident.

‘Our investigations will continue throughout today. We understand there will naturally be shock and concern within the community after such a tragic loss of life. But, at this stage, we do not believe there is any wider threat to the public.

‘We know there were a number of witnesses to this incident and I would urge anyone who saw anything in Regency Court and the roads around it in central Brentwood between 1am and 2am to come forward and speak to us if you have not already done so.’

Chief Inspector Mark Barber added: ‘There will continue to be a highly visible police presence in Brentwood this morning and indeed throughout the day.

‘I am acutely aware that this incident will shock many without the community. My officers will be there throughout the day – they will be there to reassure you and keep you safe.

‘If you have any concerns or information on the incident then, please, do not hesitate to come forward and speak to them.’

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