ESSEX Police attended Blackbush Lane in Horndon-on-the-Hill at around 6am today (Friday, February 12) following a call from the ambulance service.
Paramedics were concerned for the welfare of a man in his 50s who had suffered cuts and lacerations and was in a distressed state.
They required police assistance to treat the man. The man had locked himself in the church. Officers managed to resolve the situation so the man could be taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries which were described as life threatening.
His injuries were believed to be self-inflicted.