Boy robbed of phone and X-box by large group of hooded teens at Essex shopping centre

A teenager was robbed at Freeport Shopping Village, Braintree. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

A teenager was robbed at Freeport Shopping Village, Braintree. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

A teenager was left “distressed” after a group of older boys threatened him and robbed his phone and games console at a north Essex shopping centre.

The 14-year-old victim was cycling through Freeport Shopping Village, Braintree, at around 6.55pm last night when he stopped to make a phone call.

Essex Police said he was approached by a group of 14 people who threatened him and took his mobile phone and X-box before walking off towards Charter Way.

The group are said to be all black males aged in their mid-to-late teens.

Their faces were reported to be covered with scarves and they were all wearing hooded tops.


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“The victim was not injured but left distressed,” a police spokesman added.

“This happened at a time when the area would have been very busy with shoppers, diners and people passing in cars.”

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Anyone with information or who may have captured the incident on dash cam are asked toe call Braintree CID on 101 quoting crime reference number 42/12388/18.

People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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