A Southend boxer has put out a warning to "gangsters" following the death of an 18-year-old man in Old Leigh on Friday evening.

Daniel Burzotta shared a stark warning on social media urging "gangsters" to "choose wisely".

The post comes just days after an 18-year-old man, named locally as Luke Bellfield, was taken to hospital with stab wounds where he later died.

A post mortem examination found he died from a single stab wound through the heart.

Posting on social media Daniel Burzotta shared: "To all those "gangsters" out there, we want you to look at this.

"This is where you will be fighting for your life if this stupidness carries on.

"None of your "boys" will be here with you because it does not work like that.

"It will be just you.

"Stop putting on a show for idiots that can only give you "#RIP" or "#FreeMyG" in return.

"You have three yards in life. Your yard, prison yard or graveyard. Choose one wisely."

Essex Police are running a murder investigation into the victim's death and are treating it as a targeted attack.

A 31-year-old man from Westcliff and a 19-year-old man from Rayleigh have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

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Police are now urging anyone with information that could help with their murder investigation to come forward.

Anyone who saw what happened or has mobile phone, CCTV or dash cam footage, is being asked to speak to officers on the scene or submit information via https://bit.ly/3uDJoB