Man arrested for murder of dog walker in his 60s who died after assault

The assault victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries in the early hours of Wednesday evening. His condition deteriorated and he has since died

The man was reportedly assaulted in Pitsea, Essex

A man who police say was assaulted while either walking his dog or at his home in the early hours, has died.

The victim, in his 60s, was taken to hospital in a life threatening condition on Wednesday morning after the assault in the Pitsea area of Essex, but has since died.

A 47-year-old man from Basildon who was initially arrested on suspicion of GBH has now additionally been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers from Essex Police say the man remains in custody for questioning.

Senior Investigating Officer, Julie Gowen, said: “Tragically, I can now confirm the victim of this assault has now died and my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in my team are with his family and friends.

“The investigation is fast-moving and my team are working tirelessly to establish what happened in the lead up to the assault and the hours after it.

“Incidents such as this will understandably cause concern within the community. This is not being treated as a random attack.

“We believe the person who carried out this attack and the victim were known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.

“I would also reiterate my earlier appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the assault of a dog walker in the Pitsea area at about 2am on Wednesday morning to come forward and speak to my team.”

Acting Chief Inspector Steve Parry, of Basildon Community Policing Team, added: “This tragic incident will naturally cause shock within our community. I know detectives in our Major Crime Team have worked through the night on this investigation and continue to make progress on it today.

“But I am also acutely aware of the impact it will have on the Pitsea community.

“There will be highly visible police patrols in place throughout today and into the weekend.

“My officers will be there to keep you safe and provide reassurance. If you do have any concerns, please speak to them.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on it should call police on 101.

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