An 18-year-old was attacked with a baseball bat in Old Leigh, prompting a probe from Essex Police.

The force were called to the High Street just after 7pm on Saturday (June 5), after a member of the public had spotted a man with a knife - believed by witnesses to be a machete.

Officers, who were out on patrol in the area and responded to the call, arrived quickly on the scene where they found an injured man at around 7.10pm.

It's believed he had been assaulted with a baseball bat, leaving him with a head injury.

The team, who say his condition is not thought to be serious, were able to recover the weapon used in the attack.

No arrests have been made in relation to the assault but police enquiries remain ongoing. 

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However, while investigating the assault, police also arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of possession of a knife.

A 15-year-old boy from Westcliff has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and will appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on July 19.

A spokesman from Essex Police, said: "We understand the incidents will cause concern within the community but we do not believe there is any wider community threat. 

"We will continue to maintain a visible presence in the area and work with partners to ensure every opportunity is taken to reduce the likelihood of further incidents of this nature occurring.

"If anyone has information, footage or pictures on the incident involving a baseball bat we would encourage them to do so by calling 101 and quoting 42/106395/21.

"You can also submit a report online at or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

"Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at"