A MAN was attacked by two yobs armed with a golf club, while walking through an underpass.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was attacked while walking through the subway linking Chalvedon Community Centre and Northlands Park, Basildon at about 5.30pm.

At least two men approached the victim and hit him on the back with what was described as a golf club.

The man did not require medical treatment for his injuries.

Residents spoke of their shock following the attack.

Fred Clarke, 30, of Sterling Place, Basildon, said he thinks underpasses can be dangerous.

He said: “I tend to avoid using an underpass if I can help it.

“I hope this man is doing ok and is not too badly shaken up.

“I can imagine it must have left a lasting impact on this man.

“People should be able to walk around the streets without being attacked - it’s a pretty sad state of affairs.

“These men need to be caught and brought to justice, there’s no reason why they should get away with doing this.”

Janice Greene, 50, of Littlebury Green, Basildon said: “This is horrific and I really feel sorry for this man.

“We don’t want this sort of thing going on in our community.

“I do use this underpass regularly and can’t believe what’s happened there.

“The concern with awful incidents such as this is that it can cause people to feel too scared to go back to the place where it happened.

“I really hope this doesn’t happen here.

“I think that as a community we must stand up strong against these sort of incidents.

“I don’t think people know the impact when they do something like this.

“We don’t want this sort of thing going on in our community and we will not stand for it.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should call Basildon Police Station on 101, with reference 42/118680/19.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

It happened on Thursday, July 25.