A man is due to stand trial next month after a man had part of his ear bitten off in an attack.

Frankie Doherty, 33, of Deacon Drive, Laindon, is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on Monday 9 March charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

It follows reports two men were attacked outside Primark in Basildon town centre at around 3am on November 11 2018.

A 30-year-old man from Basildon who we previously arrested has been released without charge.