Knifepoint robberies and assaults in Canvey

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Police are investigating a series of robberies and a serious assault in Canvey which are believed to be connected.

Officers were called to Cherry Close at around 11:18pm last night (June 15) following reports of a robbery and an assault. The victim was assaulted by a group of young men and sustained a stab wound to his hand. Officers, including firearms officers attended quickly but the suspects were not located.

Shortly before this, at around 11:11pm, a suspicious incident was reported nearby on Dinant Avenue. A woman and her husband were approached by a group of three young men who attempted to rob them. The victims managed to leave the scene and nothing was stolen.

At around 11:40pm, officers received a report of an attempted knifepoint robbery and an assault on First Avenue. The victim was approached by two young men, who punched him in the face and threatened him with a knife. They attempted to steal his jewellery before running from the scene.

The suspects in all these incidents are described as wearing balaclavas and grey tracksuits.

Detective Superintendent Shaun Kane said “We are keeping an open mind but it’s a strong possibility that all these incidents are linked.

“I want to reassure the public, we are increasing police patrols across Canvey Island with both visible uniform officers and plain clothes officers.

“If anyone lives down Cherry Close, Dinant Avenue, First Avenue or the surrounding roads and may have any CCTV or dashcam, please contact us. We believe the suspects were travelling between these locations on foot.”

You can sumbit a report on the police website: www.essex.police.uk/digital101 or use the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Alternatively you can call101.

In an emergency always call 999.

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

Please quote incident 1836 of June 15.

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