A UKIP councillor’s son is claiming he was stabbed in a Basildon club, despite the club disputing the story.

Kane Ellis, 24, whose father is Basildon Ukip councillor Mark Ellis, was somehow injured at Unit 7 in Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park.

He needed 18 stitches on his lower back, but the club have insisted CCTV shows he simply fell on a set of stairs.

The club have insisted that Kane could not remember exactly what had happened.

Kane has said that he remembers feeling as if he was punched in the back, but did not realise he had been stabbed until a girl started screaming and pointing out the blood on his back.

Reportedly, the 24-year-old was unable to sit down for a week, and was forced to take a week off work.

He claims a weapon pierced his leather belt and jeans before striking his lower back.

The incident happened between 2am and 3am on December 17.

A spokesman for Unit 7 said: “The safety and enjoyment of our customers is always our main priority and we operate a stringent door policy, which includes searching all customers on entry and re-entry to the venue.

“Further to discussions with the police and an environmental health officer, we do not believe there is evidence that the customer was stabbed in the club.

“The customer couldn’t recall what happened on the night, but having reviewed CCTV footage, it appears that he fell on the stairs, which resulted in him sustaining an injury.

“When we were made aware of the injury, we did everything we could to support and care for him, including our head doorman taking him to hospital to get his wound treated.”

Investigations by police are ongoing to find the cause of the wound.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We are investigating a report that a man was stabbed in in the back with an unknown item, at a club in Basildon on December 17.

“The victim, who is in his 20s, was at the Unit 7 Club, Festival Leisure Park, when he suffered the wound, which required stitching.

“This happened between 2am and 3am.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances which led to the man being injured.

“The venue’s management team are assisting us with our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact 101 or information can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.