A STABBING took place outside the Thameside Theatre this afternoon in Orsett Road, Grays.
Police taped off the area after the incident which it is believed occurred around 3.30pm on the busy street.
School pupils walking home from Grays School and Grays Convent were shepherded away from the crime scene and across the road.
A police helicopter buzzed overhead.
An Essex Police Spokesperson said: “It is believed that a fight broke out between two men who were known to each other outside the Thameside Theatre.
“The fight developed into an assault.
“One man was taken to hospital with knife wounds but they are not thought to be life threatening.
“A 19-year-old male from Grays was arrested and taken to Grays Police Station.”
Police are appealing for any witnesses. Please contact 0300 333 4444