A MOB of up to 20 people kicked and stamped on a woman in an early morning attack outside a kebab shop.

The 24-year-old was pulled to the ground by her hair before the gang of men and woman launched a vicious assault at about 3.55am today.

She was left with cuts and bruises to her head and legs following the incident outside Royal Grill, in Southchurch Road, Southend, which police are treating as grievous bodily harm.

Acting chief supt Gary Lane, Southend district commander, said the attack was captured on CCTV.

He said: “A suspect pulled the victim to the floor by her hair, suspects then kicked the victim to the head, causing a number of injuries.

“It would appear that there was an altercation involving about 20 people outside the premises, it was someone set upon by a bigger group.

“It’s a late-night establishment and a lot of people do go there.

“Officers attended within five minutes and the council CCTV operators were able to tell us what was going on, but the group had dispersed on arrival.”

The gang appeared to run away towards the Queensway roundabout.

One person was arrested at the scene but later released by officers.

The victim was taken to Southend Hospital for treatment.

Her condition is not believed to be serious or life-threatening.

The owner of the Royal Grill was not available for comment.

A worker at another Southchurch Road takeaway, who did not want to be named, said revellers often behave “like animals” in the early hours of the morning.

He said: “We have had windows smashed and so has the place opposite.

“Sometimes the girls are the worst because they feel like they have more rights than the men, so they will get involved.

“It is a shame this happened. Unfortunately people drink so much they don’t know what they are doing.”

Anyone with information about the attack can call officers in Southend on 101.