Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Hathaway Road, Grays on Friday November 6 are appealing for witnesses.
At 10.15pm a property was broken into and a man in his 20s was assaulted.
He was taken to hospital with facial injuries.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw an Enterprise rental van driving at speed on Ward Avenue, Bradleigh Avenue, Southend Road or Lodge Lane, Grays between 9pm and 10pm.
Anyone with CCTV or dash camera footage is asked to call Grays CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/181843/20. You can also report it online at www.essex.police.uk
Information can be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org