Colchester has been rocked by three serious incidents in the space of just 12 hours.

This is everything we know about what happened.

Stabbing, George Street, 10pm Sunday

Police were first called to George Street at 10pm on Sunday after a man had been stabbed in the back.

His injuries were serious but not believed to be life threatening.


Police have confirmed he was taken to hospital and is still receiving treatment.

On Monday morning the road remained cordoned off while police investigated.

Man found dead, Ryegate Road, 8.20am Monday

Then at 8.20am the police were called by the ambulance service shortly after reports a man had been found dead in Ryegate Road.

He had suffered a stab wound to his back.

Police have launched a murder investigation and called on anyone who was in the area this morning and saw what happened to get in contact.


Essex Police is investigating whether the stabbing and murder are linked.

Man doused in boiling water, town centre, 11am Monday

In a third incident a man was doused with water by police officers as they treated him for injuries.

Police were guarding the scene of a stabbing in George Street, Colchester, when they were approached by a man who was in distress.

The officers then asked the man to remove his shirt and got water from a nearby hotel and began treating the man for his injuries.

After another man was pointed out by the victim, two officers chased him down the High Street on street before making an arrest in West Stockwell Street.

He was then put into a police car and taken away.

His injuries are thought to have been caused by having boiling water thrown at him.

The third incident happened at around 11am and police said it is not related to the stabbing or murder.

Can you help police?

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