A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man died in hospital days after being attacked in Basildon town centre.
The man, thought to be in his 40s, is believed to have suffered a fatal head injury when he was assaulted near Market Pavement by a male suspect.
The suspect kicked the man once in the head and then left the scene, Essex Police said.
Volunteers who work with homeless people in the town centre posted on social media in the hours after the attack that the victim was homeless and was known to them.
The assault occurred at roughly 7pm on Friday, July 28. Police originally said the attacker was white, aged 20 to 30, had ’mousey brown hair’ and wore a grey t-shirt and jeans.
A police spokesman said: "No weapons were seen and this is believed to be an isolated incident.
"Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, as they believe there were a number of witnesses near the immediate area at the time."
A photograph posted to Facebook group Crimewatch Basildon on Friday showed police cars and crime scene tape off of Market Pavement.
One group member, Staciie Victoria, wrote: "I walked past there about seven and someone was screaming, ’Help, he isn’t breathing’. Hope whoever it is is okay."
Toni-Marie Groves, who works with homeless people in the town centre, wrote in the hours after the attack: "We know who it is... Can’t say nothing at mo as family ain’t aware... He’s been beaten and in critical care. Fingers crossed he pulls through."
Anyone with information was urged to call the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
*A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.