AN INNOCENT bystander was stabbed in the face after a brawl broke out at a petrol station.

Police are appealing for information following the attack at the Texaco garage on Mersea Road, Colchester.

It is thought during the fight a weapon may have been pulled out and stabbed in the face of a 31-year-old man from Tiptree.

Insp Jim White, town centre inspector for Colchester, said: “There was an incident involving two groups of people in the early hours of December 29 at the Texaco Service Station.

“There was an altercation between several people and a 31-year-old man from Tiptree was assaulted, causing injuries to his face.

“The assault appears to be motiveless and police are appealing for any information in relation to this incident.”

Anyone with information call detectives at Colchester police station on 101.

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