A murder probe had been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death in a seaside town.
Police said the victim, 18, tragically died in hospital after being attacked near a pub in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex last night.
Officers have arrested two men as part of their investigation, Essex Police said.
The force added: "From our initial enquiries, we believe he was attacked near The Peterboat pub in High Street, Old Leigh.
"Two people have been arrested in connection with our investigation.
"Officers are in the Old Leigh area carrying out enquiries and we’d like to thank people who have come forward so far.
"Anyone who saw what happened or has mobile phone, CCTV or dash cam footage, is asked to speak to officers on scene.
"Please quote incident 1011 of today's date when contacting us so we can pass information on to investigating officers as quickly as possible."
The incident follows a spate of knife crime in the wider London area, including a shocking weekend of incidents across the capital three weeks ago.