Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Colchester: Students robbed at gunpoint

PUBLISHED: 18:37 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:38 08 April 2014

Students robbed at gunpoint.

Students robbed at gunpoint.

Archant

Two students were forced to hand over their wallets during a gunpoint robbery this morning.

The attack happened on Distillery Lane, in the Hythe area of Colchester, shortly after 3am.

Five robbers got out of a parked silver car and threatened the two male victims, both aged 18 and from the area.

One of the attackers threatened the pair with a black handgun, and in fear the victims handed over their mobile phones and wallets.

The gang then got back into the car and drove off.

Det Con Adele Brown, investigating officer, said: “We examined CCTV footage throughout today and it appears this car was driven into and out of Distillery Lane from the Tesco side.

“We are looking to speak with any taxi drivers or people who were working in the area between 3-3.30am this morning and who saw any usual activity on Distillery Lane or a car being driven around the area with five young men inside.

“These two young victims are very shaken up and taking in what happened to them. We want to offer them reassurance by taking this group of people off the streets, but need people’s assistance to do so.”

The attackers are all described as white, in their early 20s and were wearing hoodies.

One man had shaved, ginger hair while another had an eyebrow pierced with a silver bar.

Both young men were pushed around during the robbery but neither suffered any injury.

They had been at a nearby friend’s house during the evening prior to the attack and were walking home.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Colchester police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

0 comments

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing Suffolk man – who has not been seen for five days.

A smoke alarm helped save lives during a blaze at a home in Ipswich this evening.

Only one potential witness seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds on the night Corrie McKeague disappeared remains unidentified.

A horse had to be sedated for rescue after falling into a private swimming pool in north Essex.

A community school art project has helped break down the “invisible barrier” between the Whitehouse and Whitton wards in Ipswich, a former mayor has claimed.

We meet up with the experts leading the £1.2m conservation and improvement work at Framlingham Castle.

A young soldier was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when the car he was driving crossed onto the wrong side of the A120 and crashed head-on into a lorry, an inquest has heard.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24