A man suffered multiple stab wounds near a Greenstead convenience store.

Police were called to the Co-op store in Fivefields Court at 8.30pm and found a man in his 30s with several "superficial" stab wounds.

Detectives believe there was an altercation between the victim and two men, one of whom has a knife.

Officers want to speak to Co-op customers who left the store before they arrived at the scene. They have launched increased patrols around the area.

The victim was taken to Colchester General Hospital by ambulance.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Colchester CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.