Police have today launched a manhunt in Colchester, Stanway after a van was struck by a missile thrown from an A12 footbridge.

The van was struck by an object, believed to be a brick or a stone, at about 8.15am this morning.

It was thrown from King Coel Bridge, which connects King Coel Road and Halstead Road to Chitts Hill, in Stanway, onto the southbound carriageway.

Police closed the southbound carriageway at junction 27, at Spring Lane, while initial investigations were carried out between 8.15am and 9.15am.