Article by Paige Ingram: A 16-year-old boy was found stabbed in the leg outside a parade of shops in Billericay last night.
Emergency services descended on Grange Road outside Martin's and South Green Post Office around 6pm.
A cordon was set up and four police cars and a quick response ambulance attended the scene before forensic officers began their investigations.
A spokeswoman for Essex Police said:
"We were called shortly before 6.10pm on Wednesday, January 30, with reports a teenager had been found injured in Grange Road, Billericay. The 16-year-old boy had suffered a stab wound to the leg and was taken to hospital. His injury was not life changing or life threatening. Enquiries are ongoing. Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call Basildon CID on 101 quoting incident number 968 of January 30. You can also report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online. Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org"
We are live in the street as shop owners begin work in the wake of the stabbing. Stay with us for more information and reaction.
The mats outside the shop are covered in blood
“My husband phoned me last night around 6pm and said look at the CCTV camera on my phone. I thought was it snowing of something but then I looked and saw crowds of people out the shop. We usually put carpet outside the shop so if it’s wet and muddy customers can wipe their feet but because the boy was stabbed right outside the mats were soaked in blood. I had to move them this morning so people didn’t see. Yesterday when the police got here they told all the shop keepers to stay inside the shops they weren’t allowed out while they did their investigation.”
The boy who was stabbed ran into a shop
A shop owner of the post office, who runs it with her husband, said:
“My husband was here last night when it happened, he was the one who called the police. The injured boy came in and asked my husband for help. He sat outside on the step with him until the police and ambulance got here. When I came into work this morning there was blood everywhere outside the shop. It was horrible to see, I had to wash it all off the floor using a brush and bleach. I have worked here nearly three years and nothing like this has ever happened, it’s getting worse around here. I waited for all the school kids to go this morning before I started cleaning up the floor outside. Lots of people have been coming in this morning asking about it.”
Article by Paige Ingram, EssexLive