Cop probe stabbing incident in Tilbury; gas cannisters left scattered across street

POLICE officers were still active early on Sunday morning following a disturbance in the Leighton Gardens and Melba Gardens area of Tilbury last night (Saturday, 8 September). They had left the scene by 10.30am though there was an amount of debris left about, including dozens of empty silver canisters of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, scattered across the road.

The ‘legal high’ is becoming an increasing scourge across the borough with many residents complaining about groups of young people congregating to sniff the gas.

During Saturday night’s incident, to which police were called just before midnight, one man received a number of stab wounds, none of which are believed to be life threatening.

Detective Inspector Eileen Mullins said: “At this stage, this is suspected to be a targeted attack and my team of officers are working hard to establish the circumstances.

“The victim is in hospital where he is being safeguarded.

“The scene of the incident is quite large and we will try to get things back to normal soon, however it is crucial that we are able to capture as much evidence as possible.”

Anyone who witnessed the events is asked to contact Grays CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.