Hunt for suspects after teen boy rushed to hospital with serious head injury

Police on North Avenue in Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Police on North Avenue in Southend-on-Sea, Essex -Credit:Essex Police

A young boy has been hospitalised with serious injuries after a violent assault in Southend on Wednesday morning (May 1). The victim, aged 16, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering head and arm injuries.

Essex Police were called to North Avenue in Southend at around 7.45am on Wednesday. The victim was taken to hospital and no arrests have been made yet.

Detectives continue to carry out extensive enquiries into the circumstances behind the incident. Essex Police's District Commander for Southend, Jo Collins, said they were aware of concerns being raised about the assault.

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It comes just a matter of days after a woman was stabbed multiple times at St Marys Court on Victoria Avenue, Southend. The woman, 19, is in a serious condition in hospital with life-changing injuries.

Three men and one woman from Southend were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. They have since been released on bail. District Commander Collins said there was nothing to connect the two violent incidents and they were being treated as isolated.

Collins said: "I'm aware that this assault will be causing concern amongst the community but I can assure you that we are working quickly to establish what has happened. We have seen two serious assaults in the district this week, however, we don’t believe these to be connected and we are treating them as isolated incidents.

"Residents will see an increased police presence in the area whilst enquiries for both investigations continue. I’d encourage anyone with any concerns to speak with our officers."

A spokesperson added: "We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything this morning in the area or have any CCTV footage to contact us, quoting incident 203 of 1 May. You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

"Visit to find out more about our website reporting services. 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."