Boy, 12, arrested after knife incident at Pitsea Market

Police who responded quickly to a report of a robbery at Pitsea Market yesterday have arrested a boy.

Officers were called to an incident shortly after 12pm on Saturday February 25, after a stallholder had been threatened with a large knife.

Shortly after, a 12-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

The arrest was made by officers attached to the Operation Mantis team, Essex Police’s direct response to incidents of violence in the Basildon area.

The boy was questioned and released on conditional bail whilst enquiries continue.

Two other people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. They have also been released on conditional bail.

Anyone with information on the incident but has not yet come forward is asked to get in touch.

Anyone with dashcam, mobile phone or CCTV footage of the area can submit a report on the police website or use the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services.

Alternatively, you can call 101.

If you would like to make an anonymous report, you can contact independent charity on Twitter at @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please cite incident 527 of February 25.

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Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk