A MAN has died after a stabbing in Essex on Saturday night with police saying they believe the victim was "targeted" as they launch a murder investigation.
Police were called at approximately 8.45pm on July 7 after receiving reports of an injured man in Little Garth, near Pitsea Road, Pitsea.
The man in his 20s was rushed to Basildon Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Essex Police said in a statement: “A murder investigation has started after a man was stabbed in Pitsea.
“We were called to reports of someone injured in Little Garth, near Pitsea Road, shortly before 8.45pm on Saturday, July 7.
“Officers and the ambulance service attended and found a man in his 20s who had been stabbed.
“Despite the best efforts of paramedics, sadly the man died a short while later at Basildon Hospital.
“The investigation is in its early stages but at this time we believe this was a targeted and isolated incident and there is no risk to the wider public.