A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three men were found dead at an address in Colchester on Saturday evening.
Detectives announced a murder investigation has been launched they were called to Wellesley Road at around 10.15pm on Saturday.
Essex Police said there were concerns for the welfare of two men following reports of an altercation, and when they arrived they discovered two men dead inside a property
Soon afterwards the body of a third man was discovered in a car outside.
After arresting the suspect, detectives said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident but are “keeping an open mind”.
David Beales, 64, an Anglican minister who lives on the street opposite the property affected, said he “heard nothing” overnight and woke up to find police officers walking up and down the road.
“This is normally quite a peaceful street”, he said, adding: “There has been a history of sometimes noise in the flats where the incident took place, but nothing dire like this.”
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Mr Beales explained he did not know anyone affected by the incident, but had phoned to check on an elderly neighbour in the flats.
Anyone who was in or around the Wellesley Road area between 6pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday and witnessed suspicious or unusual behaviour is urged to contact police.
Wellesley Road is closed while inquiries continue.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Detectives have launched a murder investigation after three men were found deceased at an address on Wellesley Road, Colchester, during the early hours of Sunday October 6.
“We were called around 10.15pm on Saturday October 5, with concerns for the welfare of two men following reports of an altercation.
“Officers attended and found two men dead inside the property and the body of a third man in a car outside the property.
“A 32-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, but are keeping an open mind.”