Murder investigation launched after stabbing in Joyners Field

Crime / Tue 22nd Aug 2023 at 06:35am

DETECTIVES have launched a murder investigation after an incident in Harlow.

They were called shortly after 11pm yesterday (Monday 21 August), to Joyners Field, Harlow, to reports of an assault.

Officers were on the scene within minutes, finding a male, aged in his 30s, had suffered a single stab wound.

He was taken on to hospital for treatment, but sadly was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation continues at pace this morning as they look to locate a suspect seen in the area around the time of the incident.

Officers will continue to conduct patrols in Harlow throughout today to engage with the community and keep you safe. 

The suspect is described as a mixed race male aged 19-23, about 5ft 6ins tall with black or dark afro-style hair, wearing a black hoody and black jogging bottoms.

He made off on a black pedal cycle on the cycle path towards Staple Tye.

Detective Supt Rob Kirby said: “We are working quickly to establish the circumstances leading up to the death of this man.

“Work continues as we follow a number of key lines of enquiry, and we will remain on scene whilst we carry out investigative work.

“I appreciate that this is unsettling and of concern for neighbours and the community, but at this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident of violence.

“We’d ask anyone who might have information including home CCTV or Doorbell footage that could help us, to call us as soon as possible.”

Chief Inspector Paul Austin, Harlow district commander, said: “Concern will rightly be felt by all across the community and I would like to assure residents in Harlow our officers will be seen throughout the area this week.

“Please don’t be afraid to approach them and speak to them if you have any concerns or need to raise any particular issues.

“We rely on our good links with residents in Harlow to ensure we can react and gather key information to assist with our enquiries.

“While incidents of this nature are alarming, they remain very rare, and our focus will remain on keeping the community safe while detectives continue a thorough and detailed investigation into this incident.”

If you have any information about this incident, contact us through our dedicated investigation phone line at 0800 051 4526.  or online portal at Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).


ESSEX Police has sealed off an area of Joyners Field in Harlow.

The sealed off areas include a play park as well as a car park.

When YH attended at 0700 hrs, a number of uniformed officers were guarding the scene.

Joyners Field is in the Staple Tye area of Harlow.

We understand that emergency services have been there since 0200 hrs approx.

We have contacted the relevant press offices for more details.

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22 Comments for Murder investigation launched after stabbing in Joyners Field:

2023-08-22 10:46:15

May He Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.

Tom Ridgewell
2023-08-22 14:18:24

Rest in peace x

No name
2023-08-22 15:08:22

So glad I moved out of that town… Not what it used to be like ..

2023-08-22 16:27:36

Our town feels unsafe two murders this year that I know of.

2023-08-22 18:20:23

Stop murdering people first oakwood pond now this

Dan smith
2023-08-22 18:28:43

This town is so bad to live in now and thats all cos we have loads of londoners living here now didnt have this years ago before they moved here in terminus house templefields house now all we get is loads of knife crime not safe to go out anymore no wonder there are so many people with anxiety sort this town out police and MPs make this town a better place and safer place making it a toen where nobody wants to come anymore the worst place in Essex now they say

2023-08-22 19:09:33

Those poor children having to now grow up without their dad. And to think the one who did is still out there!! I have small children always wanting to go to that park, now I’m glad I say NO!

Nogin the nog
2023-08-22 19:43:22

Bring back life for a life that will make these people think before thay start knifeing people thay get life but there out in 15years a lot of them

2023-08-22 21:22:55

Shocking what Harlow has become,but i see a comment blaming Londoners but there are people living here from everywhere. Harlow new town was actually built for Londoners.

Graham renfield
2023-08-22 21:24:34

Nogin. Death sentence doesn't stop it. If it did, then explain why the countries that do have the death penalty still have murderers. Dummy...

2023-08-22 22:05:52

Graham renfield valid point but no need to make it personal by insulting people.

2023-08-22 22:14:51

God bless him, does anyone know his name?

Grace Townsend
2023-08-22 22:28:27

Dan Smith you shouldn't tar all Londoners with the same brush, there's good and bad in all people. Same as people from every where a lot of londoners work hard, buy their own houses, and move out. Also some get moved out into social housing but that doesn't make them bad people. Being from London myself that comment has really peed me off, my family originated from ware and sawbridgeworth going back generations.

Tracy George
2023-08-22 23:21:49

Irrelevant where folk have come and it is not the time to go into that, someone lost a family member and friend last night, am sure a little respect wouldn't go amiss.

2023-08-22 23:56:19

No we dont all say Arlow,maybe you do. E Musk i take it you live here but not been here long?

2023-08-23 02:49:57

E.musk, sums you up you cock.

2023-08-23 09:06:04

He has left behind devastated family and friends Thoughts go to them, and his young children, he was loved.

2023-08-23 09:07:31

dan smith harlow was full of londers in the 50s 6os that what made harlow but i know what your saying when we moved here your dad had to get a job in harlow then you got a house. not just thrown here because parts of london dont want you harlow has really gone down hill police are s..t

2023-08-23 09:22:51

The young man that lost his life has left behind 3 young children now growing up without their father. He was so loved and none of them deserve to be going through this unimaginable pain. I hope the person that is responsible is brought to justice.

2023-08-23 10:07:17

Tracy George you are right,this post is about a young man and father of 3 who has tragicaly lost his life and not about where people come from. This is not the time or place for all this. I apologise. I can only imagine the pain and shock that this family and this mans friends are going through. R.I.P YOUNG MAN.

Tracy George
2023-08-23 11:09:21

CP, no need to apologise.

2023-08-23 22:44:05

What is his name?

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