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Onlooker steps in as robber tries to steal man’s watch in Essex bookies

PUBLISHED: 19:06 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:06 12 March 2018

The attempted robbery happened in Old Pier Street, Walton-on-the-Naze. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The attempted robbery happened in Old Pier Street, Walton-on-the-Naze. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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A robber wearing a black motorcycle helmet attempted to mug a man of his watch in a Walton-on-the-Naze betting shop.

The male culprit ran off empty handed after an onlooker leapt to the victim’s aid during the attack in the Old Pier Street bookies on Saturday, March 10.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “A man entered the building in Old Pier Street at around 5.55pm wearing a black motorcycle helmet and threatened a man inside.

“He then tried taking the victim’s watch off and there was a struggle before a member of public came to his aid.

“The suspect then fled the scene.”

Anyone with information or dash-cam footage taken around the time of the incident is asked to contact Clacton Criminal Investigations Department quoting crime reference 42/33099/18.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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