A murder investigation has been launched after a 65-year-old died.

John Hicks was found with a head injury in London Road, Grays, in the early hours of July 3.

He was taken to hospital after we were called at 12.50am yesterday, but sadly died this afternoon, Wednesday, July 4.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested this evening on suspicion of murder.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “We are keen to speak to anyone with information about the injuries John sustained before his death.

“We believe that there may have been an altercation in the High Street between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, June 28, and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or have any mobile phone or CCTV footage.”

Specially trained officers are supporting his family.

A forensic post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow, Thursday, July 5.

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting incident number 41 of 04/07.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.