Police at Pilgrims Close billericay

Article by Lottie O'Neill: Police conducted a raid in the early morning and arrested a man in connection to a murder investigation.

Officers attended a quiet cul de sac in Billericay and neighbours heard them shout 'police' at around 5am today (Wednesday, January 23).

Several police vehicles, including a forensics investigation van, were parked along Chantry Way and Pilgrims Close in Billericay.

The heavy police presence remains at the scene with up to seven police cars on site. The incident is in response to a murder investigation that was launched after a 21-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Pitsea, Basildon, last year.

A warrant was carried out at an address in Pilgrims Close where a man was arrested and ammunition was found. A 40-year-old man from Billericay was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of a firearm.

Officers are looking into the murder of Dwayne Forrester, who suffered a single stab wound to the chest in Garth Road, Pitsea, on July 7, 2018.

Two men, aged 21 and 23, as well as, three teenage boys, who are from Basildon, aged 15, 16 and 17, were arrested yesterday (Tuesday, January 22), on suspicion of a number of offences, including murder.

The two men from London have been detained in connection with the crime. They were also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

In addition, the 15 and 16-year-old suspects were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, and have been released on bail until February 16. The 17-year-old boy has been released on bail until February 13.

What do we know about the murder investigation?

Mr Forrester, who was 21, was found injured near Pitsea Road at approximately 8.45pm on July 7.

Emergency services raced to the scene, including an air ambulance and he was rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later. Essex Police then launched a murder investigation following his death.

Mr Forrester, a convicted drug dealer, was sentenced to three years in prison back in December 2016, after officers discovered more than 200 wraps of class A drugs in his bedroom.

A total of 116 wraps of heroin and 131 of crack cocaine were found by officers during a search. He was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Mr Forrester admitted all of the offences and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on December 9, 2016.


In a statement released shortly after Mr Forrester's death, his family said:

“Dwayne was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and nephew. He will be remembered by all of us as a loving boy who enjoyed being with his family and was patient and kind with his young nieces and cousins. We know Dwayne had a troubled past, but we will always remember that he wanted to do the right thing for people and help whenever he could, he always made time to cuddle his mum and dad. He loved his music, football and computer games and dreamed of being a train driver since he was very young. We ask that we are given time to come to terms with this devastating news and to allow us to remember our sweet little boy as we knew him. We ask if anyone has any information that they to speak to police so nobody else need suffer like we are.”

Police also released CCTV images following Mr Forrester's death, which shows him walking at around 8.30pm, and officers believed the attack happened just 15 minutes later.

Article by Lottie O'Neill, Essex Live

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