FOUR men have been arrested and charged in Clacton in connection with a stabbing in Clacton's Old Road.

Police were called after a man in his 20s from London suffered puncture wounds to his buttocks, leg and arm during an altercation at a shop in Old Road at abour 6.50pm on Wednesday April 10.

He was taken to hospital but later discharged himself.

Johnathan Blaize, 26 and unemployed from Lightermans Way, Greenhithe, Kent has been charged with affray and theft; 23 year old unemployed Jamal Coipel from St Andrews Road, Clacton; 27 year old unemployed Markel Greenridge from Dunbar Street, London SE27 and 28 year old Damien Dunstan from Grange Road, London E13 have all been charged with affray.

They are set to appear at Colchester Magistrates Court this afternoon, Friday, April 12.

In addition, but unconnected to the stabbing, a 16-year-old boy from Clacton was arrested on suspicion of having an offensive weapon when he was stopped by police at Old Road at about 7.30pm the same day.

He has been charged and will appear at Colchester Youth Court on May 1.