A CYCLIST was left with serious injuries after a crash with a car.

The man, 47 from Canvey, was on London Road, Benfleet, near to the junction with Downer Road, when he collided with a silver Mercedes C180.

He suffered head injuries and was taken to Southend Hospital.

His injuries are serious but not life threatening.

It happened at around 1pm on Saturday.

The road was closed until just before 5pm that afternoon whilst enquires were carried out Anybody with any information contact PC Pete Pettet at Laindon Response and Patrol on Essex Police 101.