A barber has been injured after vicious thugs attempted to steal his watch from him at a shop.

Two men went inside AK Turkish Barbers in Western Road, Billericay, shortly before 5pm yesterday and approached a 35-year-old staff member inside.

One of them demanded his watch and struck him over the head.

There was a struggle before the suspects ran off.

The ambulance service treated the victim for an injury to his face, which was not believed to be serious.

Anyone with information is asked to call Basildon CID on 101.