Lakeside murder probe launched after man attacked in shopping centre

The victim is believed to have been attacked by two men described by Essex Police as black or asian

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A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally attacked inside Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex.

Essex Police were called to reports of a serious assault around 4.30pm yesterday.

Emergency services attended and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Investigators believe he was attacked by two men who have been described as black or Asian.

The scene at Lakeside Shopping Centre
The scene at Lakeside Shopping Centre

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Scott Egerton, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:

“I want to extend my condolences to the family after this awful attack.

"At the time of the assault, this area of the shopping centre will have been busy so I believe someone will have seen what happened.

"I need them to contact my team of dedicated, specialist officers and staff.

The scene at Lakeside Shopping Centre
The scene at Lakeside Shopping Centre

"I know this attack will cause concern but at this stage we believe this is a targeted attack and there’s no risk to the wider public.”

One of the attackers was wearing blue ripped jeans, a white t-shirt, black trainers and a black puffer jacket, and carrying a small bag

The other was described as wearing a blue tracksuit and white trainers.

If you saw anything or have any video footage, please get in contact with Essex Police, quoting incident 750 of 28 April.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.