Colchester Wellesley Road updates: Residents shocked after triple murder investigation launched

Residents have expressed their shock after three men were found dead and a triple murder investigation was launched.[1] Wellesley Road in Colchester has been cordoned off for most of today (Sunday, October 6) with a massive police presence in the area. Essex Police later confirmed a triple murder investigation had been launched.

Two men had been found dead inside a property on the road while the body of a third man was found in a car outside the property. Police were first called around 10.15pm on Saturday, October , with concerns for the welfare of two men at an address on Wellesley Road following reports of an altercation. A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

As it soon became known a triple murder investigation, residents on the street reacted to the news.

The cordon at the scene in Colchester

“I went out last night into town. Me and my friend left here around 9.15pm and we came back around 3am,” said Millie Clark, 24, who lives nearby. “Our taxi dropped us off at Tesco, and we walked up.

I was like ‘oh there’s a police car, oh God there’s tape, police cordon tape’. “There was a car in the middle of the road, and obviously now we think that it was something to do with it all. “It was just a normal black car and then I didn’t get much sleep because I was wondering what was going on.”

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She continued: “At 4.30am there was a forensics van that turned up, and it’s all been going on since then.

“We’ve only been here a year. The first thing it [a news notification] said was that it happened right next to a school, a private school. Of all the places it can happen.

“It was a really big shock, especially when we found out it was a triple.”

“We realised something was going on”

Colchester Wellesley Road updates: Residents shocked after triple murder investigation launchedForensics at the scene

 

Jess Moreno, 24, is another resident who lives close to the cordon. She said: “I’ve been away all weekend at my dad’s house in Witham, and he dropped me home at around 11am. “It wasn’t until we drove down the road and saw the police everywhere that we realised something was going on.

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“I approached a police officer to ask if it was safe to be at home etc but at that time he didn’t really want to give information away and just said it’s safe to go into your home and that was it.

“It wasn’t until 12 when I got a breaking news notification on my phone that I realised what had happened.”

“Nobody expects it to happen in their own street”

Colchester Wellesley Road updates: Residents shocked after triple murder investigation launchedThe cordon in place in Colchester

 

Harvey Atkin, who lives on Creffield Road directly opposite the cordon said that incidents like this were rare in the area. “At about 1.30am a police truck turned up and made so much noise it woke us up,” he explained. “We weren’t sure what was going on.

“We thought they were just towing a vehicle away so we went back to bed. “Nobody expects it to happen in their own street, or so very close by. “I don’t know if it is drug related or not but it’s probably just confined to that.

I’m not sure what’s been going on.”

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“There’s very rarely any police presence down here”

Joe, 48, a resident on Wellesley Road said that it was rare for any police to be in the area. “I was working late last night, and I got the second from last train back from Liverpool Street so I got here 1.05am,” he expained. “There were police in the road with torches and, as I approached, one of them approached me and said you can’t come any further.

“So I said ‘I live here’ and they said that’s fine. I went to bed and when I woke up it was all taped off. “We were lucky as we’re just outside of the cordon.

“It’s an interesting road, it’s a mixture of people. This road, some of these are family homes, and some of them are HMOs, so you do get a variety of people down this road. “You’ve got a lot of professional people, families, but you’ve also got single people.

So it’s not unknown for there to be some quite interesting people around here with different backgrounds.

“There’s very rarely any police presence down here.”

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