A MAN has suffered serious injuries to his neck after an attack involving a knife outside Toby Carvey.

Police were called to the restaurant in Prince Avenue last night following reports a man was injured outside following a disturbance.

Multiple police cars and ambulance vehicle were sent to the scene. 

The ambulance service has now confirmed the victim was taken to Southend Hospital with serious injuries to the neck.

Police say these injuries are believed not to be life-threatening.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called just before 9.50pm on Thursday with reports of a serious assault outside Toby Carvery in Prince Avenue in Westcliff.

"Two ambulances and an ambulance officer vehicle were sent to the scene. An adult man was transported to Southend University Hospital with serious injuries to his neck."

Police arrested the suspect at the scene within 10 minutes of being called. The 53-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and the possession of an offensive weapon.

He remains in custody while police enquiries continue.

Inspector Michael Peterson said: “We would like to reassure people in Westcliff that this is an isolated incident and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with last night’s suspected assault.

“This was a busy pub and we believe there may be several people who witnessed what happened last night and may be able to help us with our investigation.

“It doesn’t matter how small a detail – we want to hear from anyone who can help us establish the facts of last night.”

Contact Essex Police by calling 101 or submitting a report at essex.police.uk, quoting incident number 1249 with any information.