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POLICE are hunting a masked gang who committed a robbery in Southend last night.
The victim – a man in his 20s – was attacked as he walked down York Road with a friend at 10.50pm on Sunday, September 15.
Essex Police said the pair were approached by five people in balaclavas who got out of a small silver car.
They assaulted the victim and made off with his money, phone and cigarettes.
Police are hunting three teenage boys and two men. The men were described as mixed race.
The gang, who all wore black tracksuit trousers, fled down York Road towards the duck pond.
Investigators urged anyone with information, CCTV or dash cam footage to dial 101 and quote crime number 1353 of September 15.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.