A TEENAGER was found with serious injuries after a serious attack today on Southend seafront. 

Essex Police were called to Western Esplanade  shortly after 3pm today following reports of a man being “located with serious injuries”.  

A weapon potentially linked to the incident was seized.

The victim, a 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not deemed to be life-threatening.

Early enquiries indicated that the victim had been assaulted close to the Westcliff Hotel, police say. 

A crime scene was in place in the area but has since been lifted but police are beefing up patrols following the attack. 

Det  Insp Steve Franklin said “We are working quickly to investigate this assault. No arrests have been made at this stage but our officers have seized a weapon we believe to be connected.

“Residents will continue to notice an increased police presence tonight and into tomorrow whilst we continue our enquiries. I can assure the public that we believe this to be an isolated incident.”

“Officers from our Criminal Investigation Department are appealing for the public’s help. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything or have any further information to contact us.

“Please quote incident number 600 of 29 February when providing information.

“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

“Visit our website to find out more about our online reporting services.

“If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”