A 16-YEAR-OLD was knocked unconscious and dragged into a car - waking up with no recollection of what happened to him.

Essex Police have issued an e-fit of a man they would like to identify after the teen reported being assaulted and pulled into a car in Southend by a stranger at the end of 2017.

The incident has only recently been reported to police, after the teenage victim told his parents.

Due to the nature of the incident the exact date is not known.

The victim reported that the violent assault took place between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in 2017, in an alleyway between Lucy Road car park and Church Road.

The boy, who was 16 at the time, reported that he was hit to the back of the head and was knocked unconscious before waking up in a red vehicle hours later.

He then got out and walked home but was too scared to say anything at the time.

Police have acknowledged the incident happened a long time ago, but are very keen for anyone with information to come forward and aid the force’s enquiries given the seriousness of the claims.

The pictured e-fit was created by police after speaking to the victim.

PC Emma Logan, of Southend CID, said: “We appreciate that some time has since passed since the reported assault took place and we are doing everything we can to identify the man the victim described.

“We have been supporting the victim and after making enquiries with him, we have together created this e-fit to appeal for your information and help.

“The victim can’t recall the date but believes the incident took place in the early hours of the morning between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in 2017.

“We would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101 quoting crime reference 42/167022/18.”

Alternatively, to report information to dedicated crimefighting charity, Crimestoppers, call 0800 555111.

Or you can report any information you have online by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org/report-information-online to help police with the investigation.