Four teenagers arrested after boy, 12, stabbed in the back in Essex | UK News

Four teenagers have been arrested after a 12-year-old boy was stabbed in the back in Essex.

The unnamed child was left with “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries after the attack, which took place at around 2pm on Monday.

He was taken from the scene in Mayfair Avenue and flown by air ambulance from Pitsea to the Royal London Hospital.

A girl and three boys – all aged 14 – have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Stewart Eastbrook said officers are appealing for witnesses to the “nasty incident”.

He added police believe the victim and teenagers being held knew each other.

“There were a number of people in the area at the time and we’d like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or has any mobile phone or CCTV footage that could help us with our enquiries,” DI Eastbrook said.

“I know this incident is very concerning for local residents and I would ask anyone with concerns or information to please speak to officers who are at the scene and on patrol in the area.”

The East of England Ambulance Service said an ambulance, rapid response vehicle, and air ambulance were called to the scene.

“One boy with stab wounds was transported by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital,” they confirmed.

:: Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Basildon CID on 101 quoting incident 591 or report it online

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Essex lorry deaths: Man in court in Ireland over ‘manslaughter’ of 39 migrants | UK News

A man has appeared in court in Ireland facing charges of 39 counts of manslaughter following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a lorry in Essex.

Ronan Hughes, 40, was brought before the High Court in Dublin after police executed a European arrest warrant on Monday and detained him in Co Monaghan.

Emergency services discovered the bodies of the Vietnamese nationals at an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium in the early hours of 23 October last year.

The bodies of 39 Vietnamese nationals were found in a lorry in Essex last October

Among those found were 10 teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys.

Garda Detective Sergeant James Kirwan told the court how he arrested Mr Hughes at Leitrim, Silverstream, Tyholland, Co Monaghan at 5.15pm on Monday.

The European arrest warrant outlined charges including 39 counts of manslaughter and one charge of conspiracy to assist in unlawful immigration.

DS Kirwan said Mr Hughes replied “no” when asked if he had anything to say.

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Hughes, who was wearing a surgical mask which he removed in court, was remanded in custody until an extradition hearing on 1 May.

A bail hearing will be held next Wednesday, with Garda indicating they will object to bail being granted.

Hughes had been wanted by police on suspicion of human trafficking alongside his younger brother Christopher Hughes, 34, since the 2019 incident.

Earlier this month, Maurice Robinson, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London.

Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit unlawful immigration
Maurice Robinson pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter earlier this month

The 25-year-old previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and acquiring criminal property at the same court on 25 November.

He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

In February, Eamonn Harrison, of Mayobridge, Northern Ireland, was granted permission to appeal against his extradition to the UK under the terms of a European arrest warrant issued by Essex Police.

The 22-year-old is alleged to have driven the container to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, and signed the shipping notice for it.

He is facing 39 manslaughter charges, one of human trafficking and one of assisting unlawful immigration.

A further hearing for Harrison will be held in Dublin on 7 May, Essex Police said.

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