POLICE have launched an investigation into how a woman was injured by what is described as a “sharp object” following an incident in Burnham on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to reports that a woman had been hurt while she was in Park Road at about 11am.

It is unclear whether she had been attacked and the exact cause of her injuries is unknown, however the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

Residents reported spotting four police cars and an ambulance heading to the scene.

The area was cordoned off by police.

Residents said they were concerned about the welfare of the woman and how she could have sustained the injuries after hearing of the incident.

Joanna Hope said: “The poor woman – and in broad daylight too.

“It is absolutely terrible that something like this could happen.

“I do hope she is OK.”

Paramedics were said to be at the scene in Park Road for some time after the incident.

Denise Waller, whose home overlooks the scene, said: “I did wonder what the hell was going on.

“Police and paramedics were literally outside of my front door.

“Luckily they were only minor injuries and the ambulance did not appear to be in a rush to leave.

“When it did, its blue lights were not flashing, so fingers crossed she’s OK.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called at around 11am with reports that a woman had been injured whilst on Park Road, Burnham.

“Officers and paramedics attended and a woman was treated for minor injuries believed to have been caused by a sharp object.”

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 11am with reports of a woman who had been injured.

“We sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.

“The woman was taken to hospital for further treatment.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Maldon police station on 101 quoting incident number 372 of March 12.”