Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked with a machete on Canvey Island.
The victim, a man aged in his 30s, suffered injuries to his neck and wrist during the attack, at about 10pm on Saturday March 27.
He reported cycling through an alleyway between The Weald and Long Road when he was confronted by a group of four or five, which included boys and girls, all of whom were dressed in black.
When he asked what they were doing, he was attacked by members of the group and was stabbed in the wrist and shoulder area.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. Thankfully his injuries are neither life-threatening nor life-changing.
One of the boys is described as 6ft tall and was wearing a grey hooded top and a green gilet.
DS Mike Monkton, of Castle Point and Rochford CID, said: “We know incidents such as this may cause concern within our community and we are taking this incident very seriously.
“We have put in place additional high visibility patrols in the area since Saturday.
“I would encourage anyone who has any information on this incident to get in touch.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on it should submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
You can also call us on 101 and cite incident 42/53907/21.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org