Triple killing in Colchester 'not gang or drug related' say police

7 October 2019, 13:10 | Updated: 24 October 2019, 11:06

Wellesley Road in Colchester is still cordoned off
Wellesley Road in Colchester is still cordoned off. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

By Megan White

Police investigating the killings of three men in Colchester said they do not believe the attacks were gang or drug related.

Officers were called to Wellesley Road on Saturday night and found two men dead inside a property, while a third was discovered in a car outside.

It is thought a "sharp, pointed weapon" was used.

A section of the street around a block of flats remained cordoned off on Monday and white-suited forensic officers were seen inspecting drains in the area.

Three men were found dead on Wellesley Road
Three men were found dead on Wellesley Road. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

A white police tent also remained in place at a car park to the rear of the flats.

A 32-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Essex Police said.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident but are "keeping an open mind", the force said.

Police say the incident was not gang or drug related
Police say the incident was not gang or drug related. Picture: Charlotte Sullivan

Detective superintendent Stephen Jennings of Essex Police told Sky News on Sunday: "Although it's very, very early in the investigation we don't believe this was gang related.

"We don't believe it was drug related, we believe it was very isolated and the individuals, those that have sadly passed away and the person we've got in custody, they are connected."

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