Police hunt armed street robbers

Police are appealing for information following a street robbery in Colchester.

A mobile phone and a small quantity of cash were taken from a man in his twenties, who was walking along Abbotts Road, at about 9.30pm on Monday night.

The man was approached by two men who are believed to have been carrying a knife and an object which looked like a gun.

The first man is described as white, about 6ft 2ins, of medium build and wearing a black scarf over his lower face. He was also wearing a dark blue or black hoodie which was pulled over his forehead and part of his eyes. He is thought to have been carrying a firearm which is described as being black and around 10 to 12ins in length.

The second man was also white and wearing a black scarf over his face. He was of average build, around 5ft 8ins, around 30-years-old and was wearing a bright blue jacket with a hood. He was seen carrying a blade.

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Ds Kim Sartini-Hawe said: “This sort of crime is very rare, particularly in Colchester so residents should be reassured that the area is still a safe place to live.

“Officers are currently carrying out enquiries and we are keen to here from anyone who may be able to help with the investigation.

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“The victim has understandably been left shaken by this incident. If you saw or heard anything suspicious that evening, please get in touch,” she added.

Ds Kim Sartini-Hawe can be contacted at Colchester police station on 0300 333 4444 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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