TWO men got out of a black BMW before stabbing a man and stealing his watch.

Police are now hunting the two attackers, aged in their early twenties, after the incident at about 8pm on Sunday night.

The victim was walking from Valance Way to Fern Hill, in Langdon Hills. 

Essex Police have confirmed extra patrols are taking place in the area and have encouraged anyone with concerns to speak to officers.

The force has launched an urgent appeal for information and is keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack.

Stephen Hillier, sard councillor for Langdon Hills, admitted it is a worrying incident to hear about, but hoped it was an isolated attack with no risk to the wider public.

He said: “It is worrying, these things can happen anywhere, but generally Langdon Hills is a fairly low crime and quiet area.

“You hate to hear about it, we know that crimes involving violence are on the increase and no-one at all wants to see it.

“That is a very quiet, predominantly residential area so it does make you question how it has happened there.

“It would be wrong to go around the area saying everyone needs to be scared constantly, I am sure this is an isolated incident, but people must be aware.

“Hopefully the victim makes a full recovery and we don’t have similar incidents in the following days.”

The victim was treated in hospital for injuries, which were not life-threatening or life-changing.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident, was in the area around the time and has dash cam footage or anyone who lives on the street or neighbouring roads and has footage from a ring doorbell.

“We will also have extra officer patrols taking place in the area, so if you have any information or concerns, please speak to one of our officers.”

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “We were called at 7.59pm on Sunday with reports of a person with a stab wound in Fern Hill, Basildon.

“We sent three ambulances and an ambulance officer.

“One person was taken to hospital for further treatment.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Basildon local policing on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting 42/140348/19.