Shocking knife-attack in alleyway

A MAN was robbed at knife-point as he walked in a Colchester alley.

James Hore

A MAN was robbed at knifepoint as he walked in a Colchester alley.

The 31-year-old was in Wimpole Road in New Town when he was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a chef's knife.

They threatened the victim and then searched his pockets, taking �75 in cash.

Police have appealed for information about the crime which happened between 1-2pm on Monday.

Detective Sergeant Mark Merry said: “One of the men was armed with a knife and told the victim not to move or he would be cut.

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“The other man searched the victim and took cash from his jacket pocket.

“It was a frightening attack and we believe that the weapon was about 8ins long with a deep blade and was believed to be a chef's knife which was either new or in good condition.

“We want to hear from anyone who saw what happened or saw two men behaving suspiciously in the area at the time.”

The man armed with the knife was described as white, aged 30-35-years-old, about 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build.

He was wearing a black moleskin or suede jacket which was too big for him, dark-blue jeans and black desert-style boots.

He had short dark hair and spoke with a local accent.

The second man was white, aged 35 to 40-years-old, about 6ft tall and of medium build.

He was wearing a dark woolly hat, dark scarf covering the lower half of his face, navy tracksuit bottoms, dark coat or jacket, scruffy Reebok Classic trainers and tatty black woollen gloves.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Sgt. Merry at Colchester CID on 0300 333 4444.