TEENAGER required surgery after a vicious assault in the High Street.

The 18-year-old victim, from Colchester, was punched in the face, near the George Hotel, at 3.30am on Sunday.

The victim was taken to hospital and currently in a neurological intensive therapy unit where his condition on Tuesday was described as serious but stable.

A suspect was last seen running off along Maidenburgh Street.

Anyone who can help should contact DC Harris at Colchester Serious Crime Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.