A Braintree estate agent thought he had been shot at when a 'rock' was thrown at his car while he was driving along the A120.

The 21-year-old was travelling past the Cherry Lane Garden Centre and traveller site area at about 10.15pm when an object, believed to be a rock, hit and dented his driver’s side door.

He said: “I wasn’t sure if a tyre had blown or if it was a gunshot because it was that loud."

After dropping off his partner off at Coggeshall, he drove to Braintree police station where he found other motorists had been victims of a similar incident on the evening of Saturday, December 28.