A murder investigation has been launched after a man died of head injuries following an attack in Harlow, Essex.
Six teenage boys have been arrested after two Polish men were assaulted and knocked unconscious outside a row of takeaway shops in The Stow at about 11.35pm on Saturday.
One of the men, a 43-year-old from Harlow, was discharged from hospital after he was treated for suspected hand fractures and bruising to his stomach. The other, a 40-year-old man also from Harlow, died from head injuries on Monday.
Essex police said the attack was apparently unprovoked, and one line of inquiry was whether it was a hate crime.
The senior investigating officer, DI Al Pitcher, of the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: This is now a murder investigation and our inquiries have quickly led to the arrest of five teenage boys. Following this vicious attack, a man has sadly lost his life and I urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible.
Four 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy, all from Harlow, were arrested on Monday on suspicion of attempted murder and then further arrested on suspicion of murder. All five have been bailed until 7 October pending further inquiries. A sixth boy, a 15-year-old from Harlow, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of murder and is awaiting questioning.
Police will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community.
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