Police are appealing for information to help identify a number of people involved in an assault in Southend.
The incident happened at about 7.25pm in Marine Parade on Tuesday March 30.
A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a group of females on the beach, opposite Hope Hotel.
The teenager was punched a number of times and was grabbed by the hair.
A passing family witnessed the incident and three men in that group told the attackers to stop.
At that point, a separate group of young men arrived on the scene and attacked the three family members who had tried to help the girl.
Each of the three men sustained facial injuries. One sustained a fractured cheekbone which required hospital treatment.
A spokesman for Southend CID said: “The seafront would have been very busy at the time and we would like to locate witnesses who may be able to identify the people involved in the incidents.
“The men were just trying to help a young woman, who was outnumbered and being violently attacked, and had been enjoying a visit on the beach at Southend with their young families.”
Anyone who has footage of 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 101 quoting reference 42/56721/21.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or: https://crimestoppers-uk.org