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Police are investigating an attempted robbery of a man in Grays.
The 21-year-old was approached by two men in Hangman’s Wood, near the Esso Garage on the Daneholes Roundabout, at 11.10pm on Thursday May 7.
One of the men had a lock knife and demanded his wallet and mobile phone.
When the victim said he did not have any, he was slashed with the knife on his arm and stomach. He managed to get the knife off the first suspect and both men ran off.
Officers have been carrying out enquiries and believe there were people in the area who may have seen the two men.
The first was described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. He had deep set eyes and short brown hair. He wore gloves, a black zip up tracksuit jacket with a reflective logo on the left side of the chest and matching tracksuit bottoms. His face was covered with a dark scarf.
The second was described as white, about 6ft tall and of medium build. He wore a black hooded jumper with a logo on the left side of the chest, jeans, black trainers and gloves. His face was covered with a black scarf.
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Manoj Patel in Grays CID on 101 quoting reference 42/65452/20.
You can also report online at https://www.essex.police.uk
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org