Essex

Clacton man's face slashed with belt in bar toilet

The injured victim with bandages around his face Image copyright Facebook
Image caption The attack left the victim requiring surgery

A man needed surgery to his face after being slashed with a belt during an argument in a bar toilet.

The 34-year-old was attacked in Bentley's Bar in Clacton, Essex, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men they believe to be connected to the attack.

The father of the victim, who police are not naming, has shared images of his son's injuries on social media to highlight the attack.

Warning: This story contains a graphic image of injury.

Essex Police said it was seeking two suspects, both white and in their 20s.

One had very short hair and wore blue jeans and a grey top, the other had slicked dark hair and wore a navy trench coat and scarf, officers said.

The bar's owner, who did not want to be named, has put up a £5,000 reward for anyone who helps police arrest those involved.

"I'm from London and we all knit together. We need to help each other and have to pay whatever it takes to make sure people don't get away with this," he said.

Police want to speak to anyone who was at the hotel, of which the bar is a part, at the time but has not yet spoken to them.

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Image caption The 34-year-old man was attacked with a belt

According to the bar's owner a doorman had gone into the toilets after hearing an "altercation" and saw a man with a belt wrapped around his fist.

He ordered him to put the belt back on which the man did before the doorman left.

The bar area was full when the victim entered saying "them people out there hit me in the face".

Police are examining CCTV of people entering and leaving the toilets.

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