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