A TEENAGE girl has been arrested after a serious knife attack at the Shoebury Garrison which left a boy fighting for his life.

On Sunday, police cordoned off a large part of historic Shoebury Garrison as a major investigation was launched into a knife attack on a teenage boy shortly before midnight on Sunday.

A teenage boy was taken to hospital after he sustained a head injury and was left in a critical condition.

Essex Police have since provided an update on the serious assault.

Detectives have now arrested a teenage girl in connection with the assault. She remains in police custody for questioning.

The teenage boy remains in a serious condition.

Jo Collins, district commander for Southend, said: “I would like to reassure our residents that teams from across the force are working together to establish what has happened and our Criminal Investigation Department (CID) continue to carry out extensive enquiries.

“We continue to have an open mind about the assault.

“In the coming days we will continue an increased presence in the area whilst our investigation continues.

“Our officers are available for anyone to stop and talk to them, whether they have information about the incident and can help us, or if they have any concerns.

“I would encourage anyone to speak to them, as any piece of information, no matter how small could help us.

“If you have any footage or information about the incident or if witnessed anything, please contact us, quoting incident 1493 of 19 May.”

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.