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Three armed robberies within minutes in Southend and Westcliff
A GROUP of men are believed to have carried out three armed robberies within minutes in Westcliff and Southend last night.
Each of the incidents involved a man with a gun making threats. A teenage girl was hit in the face in one of them.
The first robbery took place at 7.50pm in Albion Road, when a 17-year-old boy, who lives locally, was walking from Hamlet Court Road.
He said that a man approached in from behind, grabbed his shoulder and turned him around and threatened him with what appeared to be a pistol, before demanding and taking his Samsung Galaxy Y phone.
The suspect is described as over 6ft tall, white and was wearing a black hooded top with the sleeves pulled down covering his hands, one of which held the pistol.
The second incident happened just before 8pm in Park Street, Southend, when a 17-year-old girl was approached with a gun and demanded her phone.
He had grabbed her arm and struck her in the face before running off with her Nokia phone. She went to hospital to be checked out and was very shaken by the incident.
She described the attacker as mixed race - and said he sounded Asian. He was wearing all dark clothing including black jeans, a black leather jacket with the hood up, black bandana over his lower face. He was approximately 5ft 9 ins tall, and slim build.
The third incident was at Coral bookmakers in Sutton Road, just after 8pm when a man entered the shop and walked up to the till pointing a black pistol at staff and demanding cash.
They handed over a three-figure sum of cash and coins and he left turning left towards the seafront.
He was described as mixed race, 25 to 30-years-old, medium build, 5ft 10 ins tall, wearing a black raincoat with a scarf over his lower face. He was softly spoken.
Det Insp Paul Lopez said: "These were very frightening experiences for all those involved and to strike a young girl is a very cowardly act.
“We are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. I appeal to the public to provide any information that will help identify these men.
“If you were in the area last night are saw these men or think that you may have been followed last night, please contact the Serious Crime Directorate team on 101 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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