Southend Murder investigation – UPDATES

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A man who died after being stabbed in Southend has been described as ‘cheeky, ambitious, and extremely creative’.

Courtney Valentine-Brown, who was 36 and from Southend, was found injured at an address in Roots Hall Drive shortly before midnight on Thursday, February 21.
He was taken to hospital but, sadly, later died and a forensic post-mortem examination found he had suffered a stab wound to the leg.
In a tribute his family said: “We are heartbroken over the murder of our dear son, brother, uncle and cousin who was tragically taken away from us prematurely.
“He was ambitious, cheeky and extremely creative with his whole future ahead of him despite his life challenges.”
A 49 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of this morning and remains in custody while a 30 year-old woman arrested on conspiracy to commit murder has been released on bail until March 21.
Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone who they’ve not spoken to who has information about the incident to come forward.
If you saw or heard anything, have any dash cam or CCTV footage or any other information please call us on 101 quoting incident 1375 of February 21.
You can also email [email protected] or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE

CHARGE AND THIRD ARREST

A man has been charged with the murder of Courtney Valentine-Brown in Southend.
Mr Valentine-Brown, 36, was found injured at an address in Roots Hall Drive shortly before midnight on Thursday, February 21.
Sadly, he died later in hospital and a forensic post-mortem examination found he had died from a stab wound to his leg.
Ian Slater, 49, of Wayletts, Leigh-on-Sea was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and has now been charged with murder.
He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, February 25).
A third person has also been arrested in connection with the incident.
A 35 year-old man from Southend was arrested on suspicion of murder last night.
A 30 year-old woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released on bail until March 21.

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