Businessman fends off man armed with knife in Walton attempted robbery

Police are investigating the crime. File picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Police are investigating the crime. File picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Police are investigating an attempted robbery in which a 50-year-old businessman fought off a man armed with a knife in Walton.

The incident happened in Kino Road at around 9pm on Sunday, April 9.

The 50-year-old from Clacton had been locking up his business for the night when he was approached from behind.

An Essex Police spokesman said the suspect held a knife to the businessman, and demanded to be taken to the store’s safe.

Shortly afterwards the suspect lunged at the businessman, who managed to defend himself in the attack.

The suspect then ran off, the spokesman added.

Investigating officers are now appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have relevant information to come forward as they attempt to trace the suspect.

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Anyone with information should call police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.