POLICE are investigating a stabbing and suspected acid attack in two “distinctly violent incidents” across Tendring during the same night.

Officers were called to reports of both a man being stabbed in Dovercourt and a suspected acid attack in Clacton overnight last Thursday.

The first victim was a man in his 30s who had been stabbed in High Street, Dovercourt, between 10.50pm and 11.50pm.

He was taken to hospital for his injuries, which were not life threatening or life changing.

Then at 1am on Friday morning, officers from Clacton’s Policing Team were called to a suspected acid attack. They found a man in his 20s had been assaulted in Old Road, Clacton.

It was reported he had an unknown substance sprayed in his face causing reddening and irritation. The victim was treated in hospital.

A 14-year-old girl and a 13 year-old girl were later arrested on suspicion of aggravated bodily harm and possession of firearms offences. They have since been released without charge.

Posting about the incidents on Facebook, an Essex Police spokesman said: “Fast track action and good old fashioned leg work from senior officers resulted in the various suspects being arrested and significant forensic recovery.”

He said there are no further suspects at large and the risk to the public has been removed.

He added: “This is not intended to highlight violence in the district but to illustrate that our officers no matter what rank are always on call to put themselves in danger, to assist victims and find the suspects.

“Likewise they are always on call to implement specialist skills such as trauma fist aid, working with medical staff, forensic work, scene preservation and evidence gathering.”

The victims are expected to make full recoveries.

Enquires are ongoing.

If you have any information about the Clacton incident call 101 quoting 42/155913/18 or for the stabbing quote 42/155937/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.