A man was seriously injured after a gang of four men attacked him and a friend in Southend.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault near Sainsbury’s, in London Road, Southend, at about 1.30am on Saturday, January 18.

One of the victims, a 40-year-old man from Southend, suffered a fractured eye socket, broken fingers and a broken arm.

The second victim received a small cut to his face and a black eye.

They were assaulted by a group of four men. One of them is described as either Asian or black,with his hair tied back with a dark jacket and possibly jeans.

The other three were white males but nothing else is known about their descriptions.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Benjamin Freeman, or his colleagues at Southend CID, on 101. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.