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Brentwood: Eight men arrested after two teenagers die in 'targeted attack' in Essex

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Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenagers died in what police believe was a targeted attack in the early hours of this morning in Brentwood, Essex.

Police were called to Regency Court at about 1.30am and when they arrived they found three people had been injured.

Despite the efforts of medics, two people died. Their families are being supported by specialist officers.

The third victim was treated for injuries which are neither life-threatening nor life-changing.

A police spokesman said officers believe the attack was targeted and that the individuals involved knew each other.

They are now trying to establish how the boys died and a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Clarkson, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, 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."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information on it should call police on 101 and cite incident 125 and the date 24 October

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