TWO women and a man have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police were called to a home in Rayleigh, Essex, just before 1am to find the victim, in his 30s, "unresponsive".

Paramedics desperately tried to save him but he tragically died at the scene in Worcester Drive.

Three people – a 39-year-old local man and a 23-year-old woman, and also a 25-year old woman from Basildon – have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The local woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

Essex Police said they believe all parties involved were known to each other.

They added: "We'd like to thank neighbours in the area who were incredibly calm and helpful on scene this morning."

If you have any information about this incident please call the Major Crime Team on 101 and quote incident number 147 of 1 January.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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