Police arrest girl, 14, and boy, 15, for murder after 46-year-old man was stabbed to death in Essex park
A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murdering after a man died in a park.
Terry Leeks, 46, was stabbed in Northlands Park, in Basildon, Essex, in the early hours of July 11.
Investigating officers today arrested a 14-year-old girl from Wickford on suspicion of murder.
A 15-year-old boy was re-arrested on suspicion of murder.
Essex Police said both are in custody.
Terry Leeks was stabbed in Northlands Park, Basildon, in the early hours of July 11 and later died in hospital. A total of eight people have now been arrested on suspicion of his murder
A total of eight people have now been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Police said Terry was found injured in Northlands Park, Basildon, at around 1.35am on Sunday, July 11.
He was taken to hospital where he later died, Essex Police said.
A forensic post-mortem found he had sustained a stab wound to his stomach.
On August 17, which would have been Terry’s 47th birthday, his parents paid tribute to him.
They said: ‘We’re devastated by Terry’s death and we desperately need anyone who knows what happened to him to come forwards.
‘Terry was always very polite and kind-hearted, he would do anything for anyone.
‘We miss him dearly and want those responsible brought to justice.
‘So if you have any information about what happened, no matter how small you think it is, please, please, please come forward and report it.’
After his death, Terry’s parents said he ‘was always very polite and kind-hearted, he would do anything for anyone’. Officers investigating his murder today appealed to anyone with additional information to contact them
Essex Police today said it is continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information about Terry’s death to contact the force or Crimestoppers.
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Metcalfe, who’s leading the investigation, added: ‘We’re making good progress with our investigation but I believe there are still people out there with information about what happened who haven’t come forward yet – either to us or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
‘Do it for Terry and do it for his family.’
If you have any information you can report it to Essex Police by calling 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/136379/21.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.