Three men were taken to hospital and a suspected was arrested after reports of a fight on the seafront.

Officers were called to reports of an assault in Pleasant Road, Southend shortly after 9pm and medics from the ambulance service also attended last night.

At the scene, police found three men who are aged in their twenties and from London had been assaulted.

The victims were taken to hospital with injuries which were not life-changing or life-threatening and they have all been discharged.

A 20-year-old man from Barking has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and remains in custody.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, Southend District Commander, said: “This incident occurred in a very public place and is understandably causing concern among our community.

“Our officers were on patrol in the area at the time and were quickly on the scene and arrested a man in connection with the incident. Thankfully none of the three victims were seriously injured.


“Although Southend remains a safe place to live and work, we do understand that some crimes have a higher community impact so to provide some additional reassurance we have brought in extra resources from across the force to increase our visibility. This will continue throughout the summer which will mean people will be seeing more of us, more frequently.

“We are also working with other agencies and key stakeholders to ensure we have the information to focus our patrols at the right places, at the right time.

"That means if you do intend on committing crimes in our town or around the borough, we will never be too far away and the likelihood is you will be arrested.”

Essex Police is also encouraging anyone who witnessed the incident last night or has information about it to call the force on 101 and cite incident 1412 of yesterday, June 9.

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