A man who was attacked while walking his dog in the early hours of the morning has died from his injuries.

Police are treating his death as murder and a man initially arrested on suspicion of GBH has now additionally been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police believe the victim, a man aged in his 60s, was assaulted in the Pitsea area while walking his dog at about 2am on Wednesday morning.

He suffered a head injury which worsened throughout the day and he was subsequently admitted to hospital, where his condition again deteriorated.

In an update this morning, police say the man has now died.

A 47-year-old man from Basildon has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and murder. He remains in custody for questioning.

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Senior Investigating Officer, Julie Gowen, said: “Tragically, I can now confirm the victim of this assault has now died and my thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in my team are with his family and friends.

“The investigation is fast-moving and my team are working tirelessly to establish what happened in the lead up to the assault and the hours after it.

“Incidents such as this will understandably cause concern within the community. This is not being treated as a random attack. We believe the person who carried out this attack and the victim were known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.

“I would also reiterate my earlier appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the assault of a dog walker in the Pitsea area at about 2am on Wednesday morning to come forward and speak to my team.”