THREE men were assaulted with an "unknown liquid" after being set upon by a group of people wielding weapons in Jaywick.

Essex Police were called in relation to an assault in Tamarisk Way, near to the village's Post Office, at around 7.10pm on Friday.

A spokesman said: "The victims had already driven away from the scene when they called us to report they were attacked by a group of people, some whom were armed with weapons.

"They reported they had an unknown liquid thrown at them and one of the men suffered a cut to his head, which was not life-threatening or changing."

It is not known whether the liquid was anything dangerous but none of the victims suffered serious injuries.

Ward councillor Dan Casey (Ind, Jaywick Sands and West Clacton) hit out at the thugs and said the law-abiding residents of Jaywick shouldn't have to put up with such incidents.

"I condemn anything like this, it is something which should never be happening in the village," he said.

"Throwing a liquid over someone, even if it is nothing dangerous, can have serious effects on the person for the rest of their life.

"I am disappointed because we have made a lot of progress in Jaywick with investment in things like the roads and the area around the Post Office has improved a lot.

"There is a lot of positives happening in the village at the moment.

"This kind of thing is not Jaywick and 99 per cent of the people who live here are law-abiding citizens."

He added: "These people should be taken off the streets. I would encourage residents to pass any information on to the police so these people can be caught."

Essex Police are continuing to investigate the incident but so far no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call Clacton CID on 101, quoting reference 1139 of 30/05.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.