Canvey pizza delivery driver robbed at knifepoint as streetlights go out

Pizza man robbed in the darkness

Pizza man robbed in the darkness

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A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on.

The 21-year-old, from Cosmos in Long Road, was nearing the end of his shift when he went to deliver two pizzas to an address in Sydervelt Road.

The victim, who asked not to be named, said he knocked on the door of a house, but got no answer and was then threatened by two men.

He said: “As I turned to go, I saw two guys coming towards me.

“One of them said ‘all right mate’ before demanding I hand over the pizzas.When I saw he had a knife, I just agreed and handed them over.

“The knife was about 12 inches, so I wasn’t going to argue. They asked if I had any money on me, but I didn’t so they turned and left.”

The delivery man said he called the police after he had left and said this was the first time anything like this had happened.

He said: “I felt OK afterwards, just shocked.

“I think if the lights weren’t switched off between 12am and 5am, then these people would be less likely to commit this sort of crime.

“I think there was a lamp post directly outside the address I was robbed at as well.

“I had written to Essex County Council before it happened, explaining my concerns, and now I am even more sure the scheme needs to be re-assessed.”

He said he was not going to take any time off and was already back at work.

He added: “I am self-employed so I need the money.

“I am on an earlier shift this week, but my colleague will be working until 2am and I know he is worried.”

The suspects are white, aged between 16 and 20, about 5ft 6ins to 5ft 9ins tall, and slim. Both were wearing dark hooded tops.

Dave Blackwell, ward councillor, added: “Essex County Council needs to open its eyes. People are taking their lives in their hands.”

An Essex County Council spokeswoman said: “We will not comment on an ongoing police investigation. However we are working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Essex Police on the issue of Part Night Lighting, and will consider any representation made to us by the emergency services.”

Anybody who witnessed the robbery, which took place at about 12.30am on Sunday, March 23, can call Dc Layla Barker at Southend CID on 101.

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9:40am Thu 27 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Thanks for a photo of a lit streetlight Echo. We wouldn't know what one looked like otherwise....
Thanks for a photo of a lit streetlight Echo. We wouldn't know what one looked like otherwise.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:02am Thu 27 Mar 14

Thames Gateway says...

"A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on."

That's a massive assumption. Did the 2 toe-rags say 'We are only robbing you because the street lights are off, whereas if they had been on we would not have attempted it, not on your nelly'?
"A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on." That's a massive assumption. Did the 2 toe-rags say 'We are only robbing you because the street lights are off, whereas if they had been on we would not have attempted it, not on your nelly'? Thames Gateway
  • Score: -3

11:37am Thu 27 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity.

Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off?

Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight.
OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity. Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off? Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight. Chris Flunk
  • Score: -10

1:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

andy:) says...

The lights have only just been turned off so there are unlikley to be statistics yet, but most sensible people would assume that it could only lead to a rise in crime, Im sure most of us given a choice of walking down a unlit alley or let street would choose the street for the obvious rreasons that it 'appears' safger whether it actually is or not.

ECC is playing a dangerous game with the switch off, its going to look pretty damning should crime rise and even if not it is leaving itself wide open to claims for compensation should someone be able to prove that an injury, perhaps a crime or tripping is due to the lights out.

It is clearly a concern and the Echo is only reporting on that.
The lights have only just been turned off so there are unlikley to be statistics yet, but most sensible people would assume that it could only lead to a rise in crime, Im sure most of us given a choice of walking down a unlit alley or let street would choose the street for the obvious rreasons that it 'appears' safger whether it actually is or not. ECC is playing a dangerous game with the switch off, its going to look pretty damning should crime rise and even if not it is leaving itself wide open to claims for compensation should someone be able to prove that an injury, perhaps a crime or tripping is due to the lights out. It is clearly a concern and the Echo is only reporting on that. andy:)
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Ageing Commuter says...

How is anyone going to 'witness' this robbery at 12.30 am if the b****y street lights were turned off. Give us break.
How is anyone going to 'witness' this robbery at 12.30 am if the b****y street lights were turned off. Give us break. Ageing Commuter
  • Score: 12

1:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Woodenspoon says...

This is not the first time this company has been robbed while trying to deliver pizzas. The last time this paper reported one it was by 2 girls outside her own flat in pitsea, with the street lights and house/flat lights all on. So nothing has changed.
The pizza is not worth fighting for. Just give it to them and let them be off with it. The company will pick up the tab and the Police might get lucky like they did last time and catch them, but the courts will let them off to do it again, and round and round we go again.
This is not the first time this company has been robbed while trying to deliver pizzas. The last time this paper reported one it was by 2 girls outside her own flat in pitsea, with the street lights and house/flat lights all on. So nothing has changed. The pizza is not worth fighting for. Just give it to them and let them be off with it. The company will pick up the tab and the Police might get lucky like they did last time and catch them, but the courts will let them off to do it again, and round and round we go again. Woodenspoon
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Inside job ? did he get hungry ?
Inside job ? did he get hungry ? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -3

1:59pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

andy:) wrote:
The lights have only just been turned off so there are unlikley to be statistics yet, but most sensible people would assume that it could only lead to a rise in crime, Im sure most of us given a choice of walking down a unlit alley or let street would choose the street for the obvious rreasons that it 'appears' safger whether it actually is or not.

ECC is playing a dangerous game with the switch off, its going to look pretty damning should crime rise and even if not it is leaving itself wide open to claims for compensation should someone be able to prove that an injury, perhaps a crime or tripping is due to the lights out.

It is clearly a concern and the Echo is only reporting on that.
Of course there are statistics. For example:

The total number of crimes reported in Castle Point in January 2013 (pre switch off) was 385.

The total number of crimes reported in Castle Point in January 2014 (post switch off) was 385.

(Source: UK Crime Stats)

I'm sure the Echo have the means to access more current figures.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: The lights have only just been turned off so there are unlikley to be statistics yet, but most sensible people would assume that it could only lead to a rise in crime, Im sure most of us given a choice of walking down a unlit alley or let street would choose the street for the obvious rreasons that it 'appears' safger whether it actually is or not. ECC is playing a dangerous game with the switch off, its going to look pretty damning should crime rise and even if not it is leaving itself wide open to claims for compensation should someone be able to prove that an injury, perhaps a crime or tripping is due to the lights out. It is clearly a concern and the Echo is only reporting on that.[/p][/quote]Of course there are statistics. For example: The total number of crimes reported in Castle Point in January 2013 (pre switch off) was 385. The total number of crimes reported in Castle Point in January 2014 (post switch off) was 385. (Source: UK Crime Stats) I'm sure the Echo have the means to access more current figures. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 6

2:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity.

Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off?

Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight.
I think you'll find that the family were complaining about the state of the pavements
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity. Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off? Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that the family were complaining about the state of the pavements Idontknowy
  • Score: -4

2:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

Thames Gateway wrote:
"A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on."

That's a massive assumption. Did the 2 toe-rags say 'We are only robbing you because the street lights are off, whereas if they had been on we would not have attempted it, not on your nelly'?
Spot on, there is no proof what so ever that this robbery would not have happened had the street lights been on.
As someone has already pointed out, this type of robbery is not uncommon, maybe pizza delivery companies should be looking at ways of making the delivery job safer, personal alarms would help and working with the police to make the job safer. It will never stop it completely but companies must take some responsibilities for their employees safety.
[quote][p][bold]Thames Gateway[/bold] wrote: "A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on." That's a massive assumption. Did the 2 toe-rags say 'We are only robbing you because the street lights are off, whereas if they had been on we would not have attempted it, not on your nelly'?[/p][/quote]Spot on, there is no proof what so ever that this robbery would not have happened had the street lights been on. As someone has already pointed out, this type of robbery is not uncommon, maybe pizza delivery companies should be looking at ways of making the delivery job safer, personal alarms would help and working with the police to make the job safer. It will never stop it completely but companies must take some responsibilities for their employees safety. iknowbetter
  • Score: -3

7:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

0000 - 0500 the land of opportunities...
0000 - 0500 the land of opportunities... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

9:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Thanks for a photo of a lit streetlight Echo. We wouldn't know what one looked like otherwise....
yes ironic seeing as its all about street lights that are OFF.

and why are there so many lazy gits that need their food taken straight to their front door.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Thanks for a photo of a lit streetlight Echo. We wouldn't know what one looked like otherwise....[/p][/quote]yes ironic seeing as its all about street lights that are OFF. and why are there so many lazy gits that need their food taken straight to their front door. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

10:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

Idontknowy wrote:
Chris Flunk wrote:
OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity.

Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off?

Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight.
I think you'll find that the family were complaining about the state of the pavements
In that article it clearly states that "My gran’s stuck in her home because of bad pavement"

And

“It’s very dangerous after the lights switch off at midnight because you can’t see where you’re going.”
[quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: OK Echo, we get it. You want the streetlights back on. Now please stop shoving your heavily biased opinion in our faces at every hint of opportunity. Today you've even managed to suggest an 83 year old woman, recovering from a hip operation, is not able to walk the streets after midnight because of the switch off. What next? Tension in Crimea blamed on streetlight switch off? Sadly, robbing pizza delivery drivers is not exactly unheard of, even when the lights are still on. A quick search of your own website would tell you that. Either publish the crime statistics before and after the switch off or stop blaming everything on the fact that it's slightly darker after midnight.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that the family were complaining about the state of the pavements[/p][/quote]In that article it clearly states that "My gran’s stuck in her home because of bad pavement" And “It’s very dangerous after the lights switch off at midnight because you can’t see where you’re going.” Chris Flunk
  • Score: 4

10:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i think theres deeper more sinister reasons if you like that the lights go off at set times, the council won't admit it as they want to keep residents in the dark about it.
i think theres deeper more sinister reasons if you like that the lights go off at set times, the council won't admit it as they want to keep residents in the dark about it. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -4

11:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

Why must there be something sinister about supporting a decision that saves £1 million and 8,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and reduces light pollution.

This isn't the only county that is pursuing this and there is no evidence that it leads to elevated crime or accident rates.
Why must there be something sinister about supporting a decision that saves £1 million and 8,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and reduces light pollution. This isn't the only county that is pursuing this and there is no evidence that it leads to elevated crime or accident rates. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 2

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