A murder investigation has been launched after a 17-year-old boy died following a serious assault at a shopping centre.

Derbyshire police have confirmed the teenager died at The Pipeworks retail park, of Coppice Side, Swadlincote, after an assault which happened in an alleyway at the side of the Odeon cinema just before 10.40pm last night, Saturday, June 12.

Ambulance crews attended, and despite their attempts to save him, the boy died at the scene.

A 20-year-old man was also found with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

Officers have now launched a murder enquiry. An area around The Pipeworks will remain closed off for most of the day while further enquiries are carried out.

People will see an increased police presence in the area, and anyone with any concerns and is encouraged to speak to officers in the area, a police spokesman have said.

He said: "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been on Rink Drive, around the rear of the Odeon cinema or Morrison’s and noticed any people in the area, or have dashcam footage of your journey.

"Anyone in the area between around 10pm and 11pm last night, Saturday, June 12, who witnessed an assault, noticed suspicious activity, or with any information which could help with our inquiries should contact us.

"You can submit information directly to our investigation team here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM21A18-PO1"

Alternatively, witnesses can call 101, or contact Derbyshire police via its social media channels, quoting reference 1397-120621.

Eye witnesses in the area last night have told how they saw a lot of police activity, with officers stopping anyone from leaving businesses at the site, including Snap Fitness gym after the incident.

A gym user said: "I was in the gym at about 10.30am last night when we saw just police car after police car come into The Pipeworks.

"Then police came into all the businesses and stopped people leaving for a bit. I was stopped from leaving the gym for a bit, for about 20 minutes. They were asking for phone numbers of people who own the businesses probably for security cameras.

"When I got out of the gym I saw a police car at Aldi, one at the cinema, big police cars driving up the passageway down the alleyway by side of cinema. There were a few police cars the other side of the alley and an ambulance outside Prezzo for about five to 10 minutes. Police were running about.

"I was shocked. I have never seen anything like it in Swadlincote before."

A passerby today said: "That is quite shocking if it is really serious. I hope they are ok, whoever they are. Say what you want about Swad but I don't think we get much like this too often, thankfully."

A dog walker in the area said: "I didn't hear anything about an assault. It looks serious if they have closed the place off."

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