As thousands flocked to Clacton-on-Sea to bask in the balmy weather, the man was found knifed outside the Premier Inn on Marine Parade West. Officers and paramedics rushed to the scene shortly after 12.30pm. An air ambulance also landed at the nearby beach.
Essex Police tweeted that the victim is believed to have been stabbed at another location and walked to the busy seafront.
He suffered a stab wound to the arm.
The force said: “It’s believed he’d been attacked at another location before travelling on foot to Marine Parade West near the junction with Agate Rd where he got into a car.”
A spokesperson for Essex Police said the man was rushed to hospital, but did not provide details on his condition.
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A police cordon is seen where the man was found stabbed
They said: “We’re appealing for witnesses or video footage following an incident where a man was stabbed in Clacton.
“A man was found with a stab wound to his arm in Marine Parade West at around 12.35pm today.
“It’s believed he’d been attacked at another location. Any info call us on 101.”
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The man reportedly left a trail of blood on the ground
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 513 of 25 May.
To provide information anonymously, people should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, police said.
Drivers have been advised to avoid the area, if possible.
Forensic officers arrived at the scene shortly after 4pm.
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Police said the man may have been stabbed before making his way to the seafront
A local man said he was outside enjoying the warm weather with his young daughter when he witnessed emergency services descending on the street.
The man, who did not wish to be named, told The Gazette: “I was teaching my daughter how to ride her bicycle and then all of sudden police cars and ambulances were driving in from everywhere.”
He said after looking towards the scene to see what all the commotion was about he saw paramedics wheel a patient into an ambulance.
Police rushed to the seafront along with paramedics
He also said there were rumours that the victim had left a trail of blood on the ground.
He added: “I saw someone in a stretcher being put into the back of an ambulance and gradually the whole area became locked down.
“Someone had told me about it being to do with a stabbing and there being a blood trail, but I just didn’t believe it.”
The bank holiday violence in Essex comes as police beaches and seaside towns across the UK were packed with sunseekers.
Temperatures hovered into the early 20s as families sought a return to normality two months into the lockdown.
Photos show beaches in Essex jammed with sunbathers and swimmers.