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Harry Burkett: a 16 year old teen charged with murder in Essex

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of 21-year-old Harry Burkett.

Harry who lived in Grays, suffered a stab wound in Orwell Road shortly after midnight on Sunday 12 September.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics but sadly died at hospital.

Yesterday evening, Police arrested a 16-year-old boy from Clacton on suspicion of murder and a 18-year-old woman from Clacton on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Both remain in custody at this time.

An 18-year-old man from Clacton and a 17-year-old girl from Clacton, arrested on suspicion of murder, have been released on bail until October 7.

A 20-year-old woman from Clacton arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has also been released on bail until October 7.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Clacton as detective launch a murder investigation.

Our officers were called to Rosemary Road shortly after midnight today, Sunday 12 September, to reports of a man injured.

A 21-year-old man had suffered a stab wound. He was treated at the scene paramedics but sadly died at hospital.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and within hours of the incident had made several arrests.

Five teenage boys from Clacton, aged 19, 18 and three 15-year-olds – have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 20-year-old girl from Clacton has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All six remain in custody.

Several roads in Clacton town centre remain closed to enable us to carry out our investigation, these are: Rosemary Road, Rosemary Crescent, Station Road, Orwell Road and parts of High Street.

Residents and motorists are thanked for the patience and we will do all we can to open these once as quickly as possible.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Greg Wood, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:

“As soon as we received reports of this incident our officers were quickly at the scene and made several arrests within a matter of hours.


“I know this incident will cause concern to people living and working in Clacton town centre, but I want to reassure them that we do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the wider public and as said our officers acted swiftly to make arrests.


“A young man has sadly lost his life so I am sure you will understand why we have had to close several key roads in the centre of town.


“Uniformed officers, detectives, and forensics experts will remain at the scene while we continue to carry out enquiries.


“I would urge anyone within the community who witnessed or knows what happened, or has any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage, or any other information, to contact my team.”

“We know the community understands how vital it is that we secure the evidence we need to ensure we secure justice for the young man who has lost his life. We would like to thank everyone, and our partners at Tendring District Council, for supporting us throughout today.

“We will reopen the roads as soon as it is possible to do so and we will keep you updated.

“Detectives from our Major Crime Teams are working around the clock on this investigation.

“They are being supported by uniformed colleagues who are guarding our crime scene, assisting with the investigation, making enquiries, carrying out patrols and reassuring the wider community.

“People will rightly be concerned by what has happened and I completely understand that. But I want to reassure people that we will continue to work around the clock to deliver justice.

An 18-year-old man from Clacton and a 17-year-old girl from Clacton, arrested on suspicion of murder, have been released on bail until October 7.

A 20-year-old woman from Clacton arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has also been released on bail until October 7.

Three 15-year-old boys from Clacton and two 19-year-old men from Clacton arrested on suspicion of murder will face no further action.

A 16-year-old boy from Clacton has now been charged with one count of murder and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today, Friday 17 September.

The sisters of a man who died after sustaining a stab wound in Orwell Road, Clacton, have paid tribute to him as an “amazing” brother who would do anything to help his family.

Paying tribute to Harry, his sister Abbie Elliott, 16, said:

“My brother was an amazing, handsome guy. He would do anything to make me and my sister happy and I can’t believe he has been taken from me.
“We would FaceTime everyday and have a little singsong together – but he was a better singer than me. 
“I miss you Harry, you’re with mum now. Shine bright my angel. 
“You’re always going to be in my heart.”

Brooke Elliott, 14, added:

“My brother was a kind and beautiful soul. He liked to have fun and would always put others before himself – that’s what made him so loving. 


“I could always hear Abbie and Harry singing on FaceTime and he would ask her to come and get me so he could speak to me and call me my nickname – Baldy – because that’s what he loved to call me.


“When I think about him now, I am filled with happiness because Harry was rarely sad and was such a bubbly character. 


“I am going to miss him so much. 


“Harry, you’ve been taken from me but I know you’re with your mummy now.”

Harry’s friends posted a video of him singing and enjoying life.

They want to remmeber him for the kind hearted person he was.

Harry was like every 21 year old making the most of a night out with a friend when he wa stabbed to death.

A reminder of precautions to take when on a night out.

Situations are not always as easy to avoid when drunk.

Friends also payed respects by setting off balloons in Essex in memory of Harry.

My condolences to the family of Harry Burkett.

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