25 July 2020 08:39
Two men have been arrested in Southend-on-Sea, Essex after two 15-year-old boys were stabbed following a mass brawl. Emergency services were called to Chalkwell Esplanade at 7.05pm last night (July 24) to reports of a large group of people fighting - some were believed to have weapons. Police rushed to the scene to carry out searches alongside the police helicopter, which hovered overhead. As officers arrived at the scene, the large group of people then dispersed around the local area. Two 15 year-old boys were found injured at the scene.
One with head and leg injuries, including a stab wound to the leg. The other with a stab wound to his arm. Both of their injuries have been confirmed as being not life-threatening. An 18-year-old man from Basildon has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of drugs. A second man, a 20-year-old man from South Ockendon, was arrested on suspicion of affray.
Both suspects remain in custody for questioning. Following the incident in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, a Section 60 order has been authorised that allows officers to use stop and search powers in specific locations without needing reasonable grounds to stop someone. The British Transport Police had previously authorised the use of additional powers for the area in and around Chalkwell Railway Station and platforms and walkways to the Esplanade, the beach, promenade and bowling green. The authority was put in place from 7.30pm last night, but Essex Police later extended the area to include Chalkwell Park. This was extended at 8.45pm last night and lasted until 6am this morning. Chief Inspector Ashley Howard said: "Officers were quickly on scene to deal with the disorder and continue to work throughout the night investigating the initial incident and patrolling the area to ensure our communities are safe. "The additional stop and search powers will help prevent further offending and disorder, keeping people safe. "We would like to thank witnesses that have assisted with our enquiries as information from the public is really important to bring offenders to justice. "We urge anyone who information about the incident to make contact with our detectives in Southend CID on 101 quoting reference 1144 of today's date." We'll bring you the latest updates and reactions from this incident using our live blog below: Sign me up for news alerts A pedestrian died last night after being run over by a van reportedly fleeing a stabbing. Police were called to Belmont Road, Chislehurst, near Bromley, at 8.50pm to reports of a fight near the Gordon Arms pub. Emergency services at the scene of the incident in Chiselhurst last night. Soon after, a man said to be in his 30s was hit by the vehicle in nearby Slades Drive. The driver failed to stop and the van was later found abandoned. Two men were found near the pub with stab injuries. No arrests have yet been made and police are linking the two incidents. A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at 8.52pm to Belmont Road in Chislehurst following reports of men fighting. Ambulances at the scene of the incident in Chiselhurst last night. Picture: @Kent_999s "At 8.54pm, police were alerted to a collision involving a van and a pedestrian near to Slades Drive, Chislehurst. "The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 30s, died at the scene. "The van did not stop at the scene and was found abandoned nearby. "Inquiries are in their early stages, however, these incidents are currently being treated as linked. "Extensive cordons and road closures are in place as inquiries continue. There have been no arrests." Read more: All the latest news from Bexley & Bromley