Couple assaulted in Southend

Officers investigating an incident near the aquarium in Southend are appealing for witnesses and any footage.

Police were called shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday April 19 to reports of an assault that took place at Eastern Esplanade.

A couple reported that a man and woman approached them at the location and began verbally abusing them and assaulted them before leaving.

It was reported that a third person, a man, also approached the couple and began shouting at them.

The incident is being treated as a racially aggravated assault and believe this may have been captured on the mobile phones of people in the area at the time.

If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, you can submit a report at www.essex.police.uk/digital101 or use the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Alternatively, you can call 101.

If you would like to make an anonymous report, you can contact independent charity on Twitter at @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote crime reference 42/72156/23.

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Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk