Five teenagers held after death of Polish man in possible hate crime
A murder investigation has been launched after a man died of head injuries.
Five teenage boys have been arrested after two Polish men were attacked and knocked unconscious outside a row of takeaway shops in The Stow in Harlow, Essex at around 11.35pm on Saturday.
A 43-year-old man from Harlow was discharged from hospital after he was treated for suspected hand fractures and bruising to his stomach.
A 40-year-old man from Harlow died from head injuries on Monday.
Essex Police said the attack was apparently unprovoked, and one line of investigation was that it was a hate crime.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector 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."
Police will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community.
Four 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy, all from Harlow, remained in police custody on Tuesday.