A MAN is being treated in hospital after suffering injuries following a reported attack outside a busy pub in Leigh-on-Sea. 

Essex Police officers are investigating a suspected assault which took place outside the Oakleigh pub, in London Road, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Officers were called to the pub at about 1am following reports a man had sustained injuries to his head after an attack. 

As a result of his injuries, the victim was taken to the nearest hospital by paramedics for further treatment, an Essex Police spokesman has confirmed. 

Superintendent Shaun Kane said: “We will not tolerate violent behaviour in our communities, and our investigation into this incident is well underway. 

“We believe several people may have seen this incident or the moment before and after, and they may have vital details that help us establish the events of the early hours of this morning.” 

Police officers have now issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward to help the force with the investigation.

An Essex Police spokesman added: “We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the pub or in the area around this time to contact us with any information they may have. 

“If you have information about this incident or dashcam footage from the area at the time, 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 essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services. 

“Alternatively you can call us on 101. 

“In an emergency always call 999. 

“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.” 

The Oakleigh pub reopened in 2018 and has since become a highly frequented venue.

It is known as a “party bar” which serves cocktails and comfort food and boasts performances from DJs on weekends.