Community leaders (Ed: Wha..? In Southend!?) have called for calm after the latest shocking attack in Southend.
The murder in Park Lane, Westcliff, on Tuesday, is the third serious incident to happen in the area in the last 18 months.And jostles for police attention amongst the 700 other crimes recorded for this area!
But don’t panic, a councillor who lives in Leigh will tell you it’s perfectly safe!
Julian Ware-Lane, Labour councillor for the Milton Ward, said the incidents were not related and hopes Southend is not turning into a haven for violent crime.
“I walk along Park Lane quite regularly and it is a large alleyway and we had a streetlight put in there a couple of years ago, but I do not feel unsafe.”Do you walk there at night? I bet you don’t!
Chief Insp Simon Anslow, Southend district commander, said: “It is not a street we would identify as being a particular problem street.
“I think the three incidents are completely unrelated to each other in type and are only joined together by locality.
“I would be very hesitant to start drawing inferences about the location and any wider risk to residents.
“It is too early to tell with this case, but we are talking about incidents related only to the individuals involved, not people walking down the street and being attacked.”Immensely reassuring, I’m sure you’ll agree.