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A MAN was beaten with a hammer in the early hours of this morning. 

The incident took place at 1.30am in Marine Parade East, in Clacton.

The 34-year-old victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

The attacker is believed to be a white man aged in his 30s to 40s, about 6ft 1ins tall, with a bald head and was wearing a red top.

He left the scene in a silver BMW X5 towards Rosemary Road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information, is asked to contact Clacton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.