Six people are in custody following a serious assault which left a man fighting for his life.

Essex Police acted swiftly to arrest six local people following the incident which took place on Braintree Road just after 5.15pm on Monday (June 7).

The victim, a man in his 30s, remains in hospital with life-threatening head injuries.

Essex Police received reports of a group of men exiting several vehicles and attacking each other with weapons.

A a 41-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, two 34-year-old men, a 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy – have been arrested on suspicion of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm.

Four of them – the 17-year-old boy, 28-year-old man, 38-year-old woman and the 41-year-old man have also been arrested on suspicion of affray. The 41-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.

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Inspector Jenna Mirrington-French, of Braintree and Uttlesford's Community Policing Team, said officers will be visible around the area today for anyone who has concerns.

She added: “This is an appalling incident and has left a man in hospital fighting for his life. “Thankfully, incidents with this level of violence are rare in this town, but I understand this will cause great concern to the local community.

Braintree and Witham Times: The road was closed whilst police investigated the sceneThe road was closed whilst police investigated the scene

“As you can see from these photos, a lot goes into an investigation, especially in its early hours. Whether that’s public reassurance, protecting the scene, or gathering evidence, we need all these pieces to come together quickly.

“I know this can cause some disruption, particularly when the location is central, so I’d once again like to thank the people of Witham for being so understanding."

Following the attack Braintree Road was closed between the Morrisons roundabout and Cypress Road for several hours whilst police investigated the scene.

Anyone with dash cam, CCTV or doorbell footage should contact police on 101 or submit a report through their website quoting incident number 974 of June 7.