A man was attacked with a belt after an argument broke out in a bar toilet.

The 34-year-old man was involved in an argument with two men in the toilets at Bentley’s Bar in Marine Parade East, Clacton, at 1am today, Sunday 10 February.

One of the men hit the victim in the face with a belt, causing a large slash wound.

The injury he sustained will require surgery.

A police spokesman said: "We carried out a search of the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspects, who were described as white and aged in their 20s.

"One had very short hair and wore blue jeans and a grey tracksuit top.

"The other had slicked dark hair and wore a navy trench coat, a scarf and trousers."

Anyone who was at the hotel at the time and has not yet spoken to police, or anyone who was in the area and saw two men matching these descriptions, is asked to call Clacton CID on 101 quoting reference 42/21911/19.

You can also report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

The Gazette has contacted Bentley's following the incident.