A VIDEO has been widely shared on social media which appears to show a car being driven at a person on Southend seafront.

Alarming footage filmed yesterday evening, at around 9pm, appears to show a black Ford Fiesta driving along grass in Thorpe Bay Gardens towards someone standing by a white car.

The person then jumps out of the way and runs off, while the black car crashes into a parked vehicle.

A group of people then ran towards the white parked up car, kicking it and hit it with what appears to be a bat.

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Reports have also circulated on social media which say a large group of young adults had gathered nearby.

Essex Police have been contacted for a statement.