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Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Broomfield, Chelmsford.
Officers were called by the ambulance service at 23.56pm last night (Saturday, July 30) who were treating a man who had been assaulted following an incident outside Broomfield Parish Hall.
The 55-year-old from Bracknell, Berkshire was unconscious but sadly died at the scene shortly after midnight.
A woman had also been assaulted shortly before and had been taken to hospital where she was being treated for a suspected broken nose.
The suspect left the scene and was quickly identified by officers. A 24-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested on suspicion of murder of the man and the assault of the woman at around 2am this morning. He is being questioned by detectives.
DI Steve Ellis, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The murder victim, assault victim and suspect were all attending a private party being held inside Broomfield Parish Hall in Main Road. “Both assaults happened outside the hall in the car park area.
“Our enquiries are continuing today and I would urge anybody with any information about the incident who has not already spoken to officers to contact us.”
A cordon has been put in place at the scene whilst forensic examinations are carried out. A post mortem examination will take place later.
Anybody who has any information which may help the investigation is asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.