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A murder investigation has been launched after a man was knifed to death at the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex.

The victim was attacked near the centre’s food court and could not be saved despite emergency medical treatment provided by an air ambulance crew.

Police believe it was a targeted attack.

Police officer guards a cordoned-off escalator after the fatal  4.30pm knife attack

Police say one attacker wore blue ripped jeans, a white -shirt and black puffer jacket. The other wore a blue tracksuit

Police say one attacker wore blue ripped jeans, a white -shirt and black puffer jacket. The other wore a blue tracksuit

Police say one attacker wore blue ripped jeans, a white -shirt and black puffer jacket. The other wore a blue tracksuit

A police spokesman said: ‘We have started a murder investigation following the death of a man in Thurrock.

‘We were called to reports of a man injured after a serious assault inside the Lakeside shopping centre shortly before 4.30pm today.

‘Emergency services attended but, sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘It is believed he had been attacked by two men who are described as being black or Asian.

‘One was wearing blue ripped jeans, a white t-shirt, black trainers and a black puffer jacket, and carrying a small bag, and the other described as wearing a blue tracksuit and white trainers.’

THe victim could not be saved despite the best efforts of air ambulance paramedics

THe victim could not be saved despite the best efforts of air ambulance paramedics

THe victim could not be saved despite the best efforts of air ambulance paramedics

Pictures from the scene showed police had closed off part of the shopping centre. including an escalator.

The centre based in Thurrock has been popular with shoppers ever since it opened in 1990 and welcomes 20million visitors a year. 

The police are asking anyone with information to come forward. Those with information are asked to contact Essex Police, quoting crime reference number 750 of 28 April. This can be done via the Essex Police website or calling 101.

Source: DUK News

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