DETECTIVES have appealed for witnesses after a man was seriously injured when he was attacked at a nightspot in Purfleet.
The incident happened at the Circus Tavern at Arterial Road at about 1.30am on Saturday August 31.
A 39-year-old man from Kent received facial injuries when he was assaulted by up to eight men following an altercation.
The victim fell to the ground and was kicked a number of times, suffering a broken jaw and severe bruising to his face and head. He remains at the Royal London Hospital after having surgery on his jaw.
Investigating officer, Dc Tony Miller, said: “The man had been at the Circus Tavern with a group of friends when there was an altercation which led to the assaults.
“The injuries were caused by a group of white men all aged in their late 20s or early 30s. We want to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information about the assailants.
“The Circus Tavern was also hosting a separate charity event for the family of Lee Rigby at the time and we want to hear from anyone at that event who might have seen anything of the assault or people being ejected from the club by the door staff.”
Anyone with information should contact Dc Miller at Grays CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 888111.