A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead and his sister stabbed several times at a caravan site in Essex. Police were called to Cranfield Park Avenue in Wickford at around 9.45pm last night and a 45-year-old man died after being rushed to hospital. A 35-year-old woman was also taken to hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds and is in a serious but stable condition.

No arrests have been made. Police are understood to be looking for a third party in connection with the incident and believe the attack was targeted. A police cordon remains in place at the scene.

DCI Neil Pudney of Essex Police said: “We believe this attack was targeted and is an isolated incident … We’ve got a significant number of officers in the area including armed police.  The suspects and the victims are believed to be known to each other. This reinforces the idea that this was a targeted attack.”