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Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenage boys died in the early hours of this morning in Brentwood, Essex 

Essex Police said officers found three people injured after receiving a number of calls to Regency Court, Brentwood, at about 1:30am

Two of those had since died, the force said, while the third was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Brentwood and Ongar’s Conservative MP, Alex Burghart, called it a “very dark day for our town”.

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Essex Police cordon

Police said they were “working to establish how the boys died” and post-mortem examinations would take place.

Essex Police officers remain at the scene in what has been described as a major incident.

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Police urged witnesses from Regency Court and central Brentwood to contact them

The detective said the incident “required an immediate and a large-scale response” and that investigations would continue throughout Sunday.

He added: “We know there were a number of witnesses to this incident and I would urge anyone who saw anything in Regency Court and the roads around it in central Brentwood between 01:00 and 02:00 to come forward and speak to us if you have not already done so.”

Ch Insp Mark Barber added there would be a “highly-visible police presence” in Brentwood on Sunday.

“I am acutely aware that this incident will shock many within the community,” he said. “My officers will be there throughout the day – they will be there to reassure you and keep you safe.