A man visiting a mosque for early morning prayers was attacked by a teenager in the street.
The 46-year-old was walking towards the Essex Jamme Masjid Mosque, in Chelmsford Avenue, when he was set on by a boy aged about 15. The boy was part of a group of four youths of similar ages.
The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face and has been very shaken up by the unprovoked attack. It happened at about 4.15am on Tuesday August 16 and police are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the local neighbourhood police team on 101, extension 470123, or to call the police beat mobile number, 07817 968114.
If you are calling from outside Essex, please call 0300 333 4444 or you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.