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Deaf man robbed in Southend

Police are appealing for information after a profoundly deaf man was robbed of his mobile phone in Southend.

The 37-year-old man was assaulted and robbed of the phone he uses to write text messages to communicate with relatives and friends on Friday, February 1, 2013.

The victim, who lives locally, had gone for a walk alone when he was approached by two men at the junction of Hamstel Road and Philpott Avenue at about 11.50pm.

One of the men stood in front of him and the other grabbed him from behind. He was punched in the stomach before one of the men grabbed a Blackberry phone from his pocket.

The thieves were both white, aged between 25 and 35, and about 5ft 5in to 5ft 6in tall.

The older man who was slightly taller was of broad build and had short blond hair. He was wearing jeans and a navy blue jacket.

The second man was of slim build, and had short dark hair. He was wearing jeans and a red or dark-coloured hooded top.

Investigating officer DC Paul Gutteridge said: "This was an appalling attack on a man who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak. He was unable to call for help even though there were people and cars passing at the time.

"We want to hear from any witnesses or anyone who was passing the area at the time of the robbery. We also want to hear from anyone who recognise the men from the descriptions we have been given”.

Anyone with information should contact Dc Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101.

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