A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two men were assaulted inside a property in Burdett Avenue, Westcliff.
Police were called just after midnight this morning, Thursday, November 10, with reports two men had been injured; one more seriously than the other.
A man in his 50s received a cut to his wrist while a man in his 30s had been stabbed in the chest and leg and is a stable condition in hospital with injuries which are considered potentially life threatening.
A 20-year-old man from north London has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is in custody.
Chief Supt Paul Wells said: “Local residents will be aware either from word of mouth or from seeing some of the local news coverage over the past few weeks that we have had a number of incidents involving knives where people have received various levels of injuries.
“Please let me be clear that we are working extremely hard to tackle this issue which is being caused by a minority of men who appear to be both from the local area and travelling in to the area from outside.
“Southend is a much loved seaside town but one which like all others has its share of violent crime. Thankfully these crimes continue to only involve a minority of people directly but I am aware that many people may have been worried about these recent events. They concern me too but every officer in Southend is working extremely hard to ensure the minority do not continue to cause issues in our town.
“Remember that just under half of all knife crime happens in private locations rather than on the streets. Some groups will be at greater risk, such as victims of domestic abuse, those who are vulnerable due to substance abuse and criminals who are involved in the supply of drugs and other organised crime. The general risk of being a victim of knife crime continues to be very low.”
Anyone with any information about this or any of the other recent incidents should contact detectives in Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.