A THUG who stabbed a teenager in the street in broad daylight has been jailed for five years.

Max Hyde repeatedly stabbed a 16-year-old in the thighs, shoulder and buttocks following a row in Central Avenue, Southend.

Hyde, 20, of no fixed address, appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday having admitted one count of wounding with intent and one of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was also sentenced for stealing a car.

Geoffrey Porter, prosecuting, told the court Hyde was in the passenger seat of a van and was talking to the victim.

The court heard the victim pulled out a bar and smashed the windscreen before attacking a friend of Hyde's who was on a motorbike behind the van.

Mr Porter said: "When the boy attacked the motorcycle driver, the defendant got out of the van.

"He armed himself with a knife and stabbed the victim several times.

“The defendant and his three friends then fled the scene.

"The victim attempted to run away but soon collapsed as he was bleeding heavily.”

Mr Porter said the victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his thighs, plus one on his shoulder and another to the buttock.

He was treated at the scene by a passing first aider and police, with all wounds being treated with stitches and staples.

Hyde was arrested shortly afterwards by police.

In October he admitted the offences including stealing a car in December 2017.

Adam Budworth, mitigating, said since being in prison awaiting sentence Hyde had made a significant effort to change his life’s direction, attending various extra-curricular courses.

He said: “The defendant has, for most of his life, been on his own.

"He was in care, left school too early and grew up on the hard edge of the street.

“He is only 20, has a young son and partner and wants to have a good life with them.”

Judge Ian Graham told Hyde: “You’re 20-years-old, and it gives no one any pleasure to see a man of that age for offences as serious as these in court.

“I accept that this resulted from provocation, but I still believe you to be a dangerous individual.”

Hyde was sentenced to five years for the stabbing.

He was also given an extended license for another three years because he is considered dangerous.

During this time he can be recalled to prison if he commits further crimes.

He received three years in jail for stealing a car, which will run at the same time.