A RADIO presenter has been reunited with the man who saved him from a racial attack, thanks to the Echo.

In his biography Radical, Maajid Nawaz talked about his life growing up in Southend and the racism he faced being from a British Pakistani family, including an incident in August 1993, outside the Chalkwell Fair in London Road.

He was surrounded by a gang of thugs who started being aggressive towards him.

However, a man he only knew as Matt, stepped in to help.

The gang stabbed Matt several times, but Maajid managed to escape unharmed, although the incident stayed with him

Maajid appealed in the Echo to help him find the man, and was thrilled when he came forwards.

Maajid tweeted: "I’m in shock. We did it.

After 25 years, at 16:39 today I got a message via my @LBC page from this man.

"He read Katie Feehan's Essex Echo article.

"I spoke to him just now.

"We aim to meet Thursday.

"He wants to be anon for now. He was army, hence his courage.

"He’s a hero. He saved me."