Investigation over attempted robbery in Colchester where woman was threatened with knife

Colchester.

Colchester.

Police are investigating an attempted robbery in Colchester after a woman was threatened with a knife.

The incident happened shortly before 6am on Friday, February 13 outside a One Stop store in North Station Road.

Someone wearing ski-wear approached the woman, aged in her 40s who was by her parked car, and threatened her with a knife before running off towards Castle Park.

The woman was left shaken by the incident but was not injured.

A 22-year-old man was arrested later that day on suspicion of attempted robbery but has been released on police bail until March 13 while enquiries continue.


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Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward, in particular a man who was sleeping rough in a red sleeping bag with a blue holdall, who was just a few metres from where the incident took place.

Officers are also keen to speak to two men who chased the suspect away, and a woman who walked past pulling a small suitcase.

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The suspect was described as wearing an oversized off-white snowboarder type bobble hat with a pattern, potentially a pair of dark glasses, a scarf wrapped around the lower half of their face, a padded jacket or gilet that was fawn or light brown in colour, white snowboarder trousers with a black pattern on them, and white knitted Ugg-style boots with a black and red pattern.

Anyone with information should contact Colchester CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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