Canvey: Appeal launched after three attempted robberies
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Officers are progressing an investigation into three attempted robberies in the Canvey area and continue to appeal for information and witnesses.
We were called by our ambulance service colleagues to Parklands, off Hilton Road, Canvey, shortly after 10.55pm on Saturday 2 December.
It was reported a man had suffered a stab wound to his leg after he was approached by two male suspects.
They demanded his wallet and phone, but nothing was taken from the victim.
The next day, we received a report a man was approached by two individuals of a similar description, at around 11pm on Saturday 2 December near Short Road.
He reported the pair demanded his money and phone, before producing a bat and a knife.
The suspects left the scene after they were challenged by the victim.
Shortly after 1am today (Monday 4 December), we were called to an area near Somnes Avenue, Canvey, to reports of two suspects with a similar description approaching a man and producing a knife.
They demanded the victim’s belongings, before stabbing him in the leg.
Thankfully he was not seriously injured.
One suspect has been described as white, aged between 14 and 18, around 5ft in height, of slightly stocky build, wearing a black snood covering his head apart from his eyes, with a dark grey tracksuit top and black gilet over the top, and matching grey tracksuit bottoms.
The other was described as aged between 14 and 18, around 5ft in height, of stocky build, wearing a black snood covering his head apart from his eyes, with a black tracksuit and light beige puffer jacket over the top, and black tracksuit bottoms.
Proactive patrols in place
DI Nick Brunton, of Castle Point and Rochford CID, said:
“You may see an increased presence in the area across the coming days as officers conduct enquiries and reassure the community. “If you have any concerns, or if you want to raise anything with our officers, please do approach them. “We have been assisted in this investigation by our good links with the community in Canvey, and I would continue to call for anyone with information to come forward to assist us. “While we continue to conduct our enquiries, I would urge residents in the area to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us. “Any report to us, no matter how small, will be heard and could prove to be crucial in identifying the persons responsible. “We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation into each incident.”
Officers need any witnesses, or anyone who may have relevant doorbell or dashcam footage, to come forward.
You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.
Visit to find out more about our website reporting services. Alternatively you can call us on 101.
Please quote incident 1156 of 2 December. In an emergency always call 999.
If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.
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