A TEENAGER has been charged with murder after a stabbing in Colchester.

A 17-year-old boy, from Woolwich, London, is set to appear in court facing charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a knife.

The teenager was arrested following the fatal stabbing of Carl Hopkins, 49, who was found dead in Ryegate Road, Colchester, on Monday, February 11.

A second man was found with stab wounds in George Street on Sunday, February 10.

Essex Police believe the attacks are linked.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is in custody ahead of a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

A post mortem examination found Mr Hopkins died as a result of a stab wound to the left lung.