A man in his 20s who was on a night out with friends in Essex had a hand chopped off by a gang of knife-wielding masked men in a street attack.

Witnesses reported seeing blood gushing down the street after the victim was set upon on the High Road in Loughton at 11.30pm on Friday night.

He suffered serious injuries including having his hand severed and police recovered a large knife from the scene.

The man was taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he is being treated for serious knife wounds, which police say have left him in a life changing condition.

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