Essex

Man, aged 23, arrested over death of chef in Southend

Fransime Beyles and Reynald Duchene
Image caption Fransime Beyles with her son Reynald Duchene who was stabbed

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a chef after a classical concert in Essex on Saturday.

Reynald Duchene, 37, of Arlington Square, South Woodham Ferrers, had been at a classical music concert in Priory Park, Southend.

He was found collapsed in Priory Crescent later that evening.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the victim died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Mr Duchene was seen having an argument with a group of men and a woman on Priory Crescent near to its junction with Victoria Avenue at 2330 BST.

Missed by all

He was later found by his partner and friends stabbed in the chest a short distance away.

Mr Duchene lived with his partner and her children, and was a chef in London.

Mr Duchene's family have spoken about the chef.

"It was so easy to become close to Rey, because he was able to make you feel safe," their statement said.

"You could count on him even in the most difficult situations.

"Thanks to him, his partner Paula regained faith in the loyalty of a partnership. She trusted him in the name of her three children.

"The events of Saturday evening are impossible to come to terms with. The fantastic atmosphere of the concert, torn apart by an aggressive act.

"Rey was an amazing son, brother, partner, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him."

Anyone with information has been urged to contact police.

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