Detectives are investigating an attempted murder in Colchester after a man was stabbed.

Essex Police were called around 11.30pm on Sunday September 8 with reports a man had been stabbed in West Street.

It was reported the victim, a man in his 20s, was involved in an altercation with a man described as black, in his 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of a medium build and was wearing a black tracksuit.

He was seen to run off towards the Southway underpass.

Officers and paramedics arrived and the victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but is now considered to be in a stable, but critical condition.

A police cordon is in place as enquires continue.

The force is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman said: "If you were in the area around this time and either witnessed the incident or saw or heard anything suspicious, please call the North Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting crime reference number 42/144257/19.

"You can also email or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."