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'These men were clearly prepared to use violence' - Man attacked by two robbers in Essex

PUBLISHED: 14:12 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 09 May 2018

The attack happened near to the roandabout between Colchester Road and Freebournes Road, Witham. Picture: GOOGLE

The attack happened near to the roandabout between Colchester Road and Freebournes Road, Witham. Picture: GOOGLE

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A man was grabbed by the neck and had his face knifed after refusing a robber’s demands for his property.

The 25-year-old victim was walking along Colchester Road, Witham, near the roundabout at the junction with Freebournes Road between 1.45-2am this morning, when the attack happened.

Two men approached him, one of whom demanded his property. When the victim refused and tried to walk past, the second suspect grabbed him by the neck from behind. The first man then held a knife against the victim’s face, causing a minor cut.

Both suspects ran away empty handed down Freebournes Road after being disturbed by a passing car.

Det Con Dave Glasgow said: “These men were clearly prepared to use violence and it’s fortunate the victim was not seriously hurt.

“I am keen to speak to the passing driver, who is thought to have shouted at the suspects.

“There are also a number of businesses in the area that would have been open at that time of the morning and it’s possible there may have been workers who saw the suspects.”

The man with the knife was described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, and of medium build. He wore a black Nike tracksuit.

The second man was described as white, about 6ft tall and of medium build. He had dark brown hair and wore a black Adidas tracksuit.

Anyone with information should call Braintree CID on 101 quoting reference 42/63785/18. Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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