Five teenagers have been released on bail after the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy.
The youths, aged 15, 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in May Avenue, Canvey, at about 23:50 on Friday.
A 24-year-old woman has also been released under investigation.
The victim was taken to hospital with three stab wounds but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
He had been out walking with another boy, who was punched in the face and suffered cuts and bruising.
Both of them managed to run away and flag down a passing taxi before calling police.
An Essex Police spokesman said the incident followed a "large party" in the area and appealed for people with information, CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.