Teenager arrested after knifepoint robberies in Billericay and Wickford

Officers investigating multiple knifepoint robberies in Billericay and Wickford have made an arrest.

An investigation was launched on Thursday June 1 following reports of four knifepoint robberies within a five-hour period, where titems including phones and scooters were stolen.

On Sunday June 4 another robbery was reported to us in Wickford. The victim was inside a chicken job on Wickford High Street when they were approached by four boys who stole his phone.

Due to similarities in the suspect descriptions, the incidents were treated as linked and yesterday, investigating officers made an arrest.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of five counts of robbery.

Investigating officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have any information to contact them.

If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to these incidents, you can submit a report at www.essex.police.uk/digital101 or by using the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Alternatively you can call 101.

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 42/MR/17118/23.

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Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk