A MAN was left with a fractured eye socket during a violent robbery in South Ockendon.

The 27-year-old man suffered a number of facial injuries during the attack which happened as he walked along Daiglen Drive on Friday, April 18.

His attacker is thought to have been a man who initially showed concern for the victim’s welfare, as he stumbled out of a taxi having had a few drinks that night.

The man got out of the cab on Danbury Crescent and saw a man and a woman. The man asked if he was ok but as the viticm headed down Daiglen Drive, he was assaulted from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. His wallet, containing cash and cards was then stolen.

A passing female motorist stopped and called an ambulance for the victim, who suffered numerous cuts and swelling to his face and a fractured eye socket.

The male suspect is described as white, 5ft 6" to 5ft 7" skinny build, short dark hair with a skinny face, dark eyes and eyebrows. He was wearing dark clothing and spoke with an Essex accent.

The woman was described as white, with long brown hair and wearing smart clothing.

Any witnesses to the attack or anyone who knows the couple is urged to contact Dc Paul Singleton at Grays CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.