Man attacked with machete in Hadleigh

A man was attacked by a machete-wielding maniac as he sat in his car in Hadleigh.

The 37-year-old victim was waiting at the traffic lights in Scrub Lane at about 8.15pm last night when the man knocked on his window.

When he wound the window down, the man demanded the victim, from Benfleet, get out of the car. 

When he refused, the man attacked him with a machete leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm.

He was able to drive off - leaving the attacker in the middle of the road. 

Dc Rory Scarlett said: "I am appealing for witnesses to this incident to contact me. The victim is unable to provide a detailed description, he can only remember that he was white, large/stocky build with dark brown hair and wearing a t-shirt. I am sure that if you saw this incident you would remember it, so please contact me at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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8:42pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Diannah says...

How terrifying for the poor man! Let's hope there are other witnesses and this man is stopped before he attacks again.
How terrifying for the poor man! Let's hope there are other witnesses and this man is stopped before he attacks again. Diannah

1:11am Sun 13 Jan 13

Carlton says...

Another good reason girls and boys to lock your car from the inside when out on the road. Better safe than sorry!
Another good reason girls and boys to lock your car from the inside when out on the road. Better safe than sorry! Carlton

8:15am Sun 13 Jan 13

thesouthendone says...

how about some real news 4 once???
how about some real news 4 once??? thesouthendone

8:36am Sun 13 Jan 13

H.79 says...

thesouthendone wrote:
how about some real news 4 once???
I bet you'd think it was "real news" if it happened to you! You read it still after all!

Think it's something for us aware of, especially if he's willing and fearless enough to do this to a grown man - he'd be more than capable of doing it to a young person or a woman with children in her car.
[quote][p][bold]thesouthendone[/bold] wrote: how about some real news 4 once???[/p][/quote]I bet you'd think it was "real news" if it happened to you! You read it still after all! Think it's something for us aware of, especially if he's willing and fearless enough to do this to a grown man - he'd be more than capable of doing it to a young person or a woman with children in her car. H.79

10:37am Sun 13 Jan 13

Rob777 says...

"leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm"

This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ?

I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted.

I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack.
"leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm" This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ? I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted. I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack. Rob777

11:14am Sun 13 Jan 13

Diannah says...

Rob777 wrote:
"leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm"

This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ?

I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted.

I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack.
Oh. You could be right there. So Rambo isn't running around somewhere in Hadleigh then!
[quote][p][bold]Rob777[/bold] wrote: "leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm" This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ? I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted. I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack.[/p][/quote]Oh. You could be right there. So Rambo isn't running around somewhere in Hadleigh then! Diannah

1:12pm Sun 13 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Rob777 wrote:
"leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm"

This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ?

I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted.

I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack.
And the maniac would be naked too.
[quote][p][bold]Rob777[/bold] wrote: "leaving him with cuts to his hand and arm" This person you call a "machete-wielding maniac" didnt do a very good job attacking the victim did he ? I very much doubt this is a random / motiveless attack as if it was the "machete-wielding maniac" would have attempted to gain access to another vehicle or perhaps attacked another member of the public. Neither of these things appears to have happened. Suggesting it was targeted. I suspect the victim has been a little less forthcoming with the reasons that prompted this attack.[/p][/quote]And the maniac would be naked too. DogsMessInLeigh

1:56pm Sun 13 Jan 13

stonybrig says...

why are so many nut cases allowed to walk our streets, i agree this wasnt a random attack
why are so many nut cases allowed to walk our streets, i agree this wasnt a random attack stonybrig

2:31pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Smithjones says...

People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case.
People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case. Smithjones

3:13pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Diannah says...

Smithjones wrote:
People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case.
That may well be the case. But he still needs to be caught first before he causes 'acute distress' to innocent people.
[quote][p][bold]Smithjones[/bold] wrote: People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case.[/p][/quote]That may well be the case. But he still needs to be caught first before he causes 'acute distress' to innocent people. Diannah

8:42pm Sun 13 Jan 13

whataday says...

What the hell is wrong with this country
What the hell is wrong with this country whataday

10:06pm Sun 13 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

ok..where do we start.
ok..where do we start. DogsMessInLeigh

6:45am Mon 14 Jan 13

Smithjones says...

Diannah wrote:
Smithjones wrote:
People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case.
That may well be the case. But he still needs to be caught first before he causes 'acute distress' to innocent people.
I agree he needs to be found so if he needs help he can get it. Of course I feel very sorry for the person he has hurt and expect he is shocked. I hope he gets better soon.
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smithjones[/bold] wrote: People should not be quick to judge. The "so called" maniac could be a poor soul in acute distress through mental illness. There needs to be more support and help out there if this was the case.[/p][/quote]That may well be the case. But he still needs to be caught first before he causes 'acute distress' to innocent people.[/p][/quote]I agree he needs to be found so if he needs help he can get it. Of course I feel very sorry for the person he has hurt and expect he is shocked. I hope he gets better soon. Smithjones

9:18am Mon 14 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Getting like the bronx, down Hadleigh way....
Getting like the bronx, down Hadleigh way.... Carnabackable

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