A MAN was left with eye injuries after he was robbed as he slept in his car.

The 34-year-old man from Wickford as asleep in his Peugeot in the pub car park in Rectory Road, Pitsea when thugs smashed their way in through the rear window.

They threatened the man with a hammer before assaulting him.

The attack happened at 4.30am on Sunday.