Teenager robbed at knife-point on train

First published in Local News

A TEENAGER was robbed on a Southend-bound train after being threatened with a knife.

The 16-year-old was sitting with his girlfriend as the train approached Prittlewell station when the blade was pulled on him.

The terrified victim, who is from Rayleigh, handed over his Blackberry mobile phone.

Detectives have revealed that prior to this incident the a suspect had coonfronted an elderly man, who hid in a carriage toilet.

It happened at about 12.20am on Tuesday January 8 before the suspect got off the train at  Southend Victoria station with a silver pushbike.

As he went through the gates he made verbal threats to station staff.

British Transport Police have reviewed CCTV and believed the man boarded the train at Hockley.

They are now appealing for witnesses.

The suspect has been described as a white man, in his late teens, tall and of skinny build. He had light coloured hair with zig zags shaved at the back of his head. He wore a hooded top, dark jeans and white trainers. He also wore a yellow coloured scarf .

Police have decided not to issue CCTV at this stage in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B12/LNA of 08/01/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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3:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

ccd says...

And the CCTV screen grab is where?
And the CCTV screen grab is where? ccd
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3:50pm Wed 9 Jan 13

emcee says...

Why do they need witnesses when they have good quality CCTV footage?
They do have quality CCTV footage, don't they?
Why do they need witnesses when they have good quality CCTV footage? They do have quality CCTV footage, don't they? emcee
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4:40pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Devils Advocate says...

Coonfronting is too terrifying for words.

I watched a lad of about twenty fixing his rear tyre last week. The only tool he had was a "Blade?" with which he slashed at the tyre with to get it off, to enable him to fit the new one he had. That knife came out of his pocket and was used with such skill, but it was far from the penknife we kids used to carry. Is that standard equipment in young men's pockets nowadays?
Coonfronting is too terrifying for words. I watched a lad of about twenty fixing his rear tyre last week. The only tool he had was a "Blade?" with which he slashed at the tyre with to get it off, to enable him to fit the new one he had. That knife came out of his pocket and was used with such skill, but it was far from the penknife we kids used to carry. Is that standard equipment in young men's pockets nowadays? Devils Advocate
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6:10pm Wed 9 Jan 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Tracking devices in the phone would have nabbed this piece of scum ..
Tracking devices in the phone would have nabbed this piece of scum .. InTheKnowOk
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6:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

paulatepc says...

...."pushbike" - the person who wrote this must be my age!!!

In addition to the zig zags he didn't by any chance have his name tattooed on his head?

we should be able to find him by the end of the day...
...."pushbike" - the person who wrote this must be my age!!! In addition to the zig zags he didn't by any chance have his name tattooed on his head? we should be able to find him by the end of the day... paulatepc
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7:31pm Wed 9 Jan 13

152 says...

paulatepc wrote:
...."pushbike" - the person who wrote this must be my age!!!

In addition to the zig zags he didn't by any chance have his name tattooed on his head?

we should be able to find him by the end of the day...
Or, as is more common, the names of his kids and/or ex-girlfriends tatooed on his arms?
[quote][p][bold]paulatepc[/bold] wrote: ...."pushbike" - the person who wrote this must be my age!!! In addition to the zig zags he didn't by any chance have his name tattooed on his head? we should be able to find him by the end of the day...[/p][/quote]Or, as is more common, the names of his kids and/or ex-girlfriends tatooed on his arms? 152
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10:12pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Seasider90 says...

Skinny cowardly chav on bike acts tough with a knife. This aint a man - its a pathetic sewer rat of a human being.
Skinny cowardly chav on bike acts tough with a knife. This aint a man - its a pathetic sewer rat of a human being. Seasider90
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10:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Almeda11 says...

emcee wrote:
Why do they need witnesses when they have good quality CCTV footage? They do have quality CCTV footage, don't they?
The question is: do they have cctv on the trains? l`m not sure. lf they only have it on the platforms then they would need witnesses who were on the train and saw the incident.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Why do they need witnesses when they have good quality CCTV footage? They do have quality CCTV footage, don't they?[/p][/quote]The question is: do they have cctv on the trains? l`m not sure. lf they only have it on the platforms then they would need witnesses who were on the train and saw the incident. Almeda11
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7:54am Thu 10 Jan 13

ShrimperSS0 says...

In answer to an above question yes most, if not all, Southend to London trains (on both lines) have cctv (remember back to the Ipswich murders where was last seen on cctv on the train) the picture quality puts alot of retailers to shame. A pic of this "charming young man, a credit to his community" should see him caught and punished in the way to courts now see fit. Can we have a pic please from Hockley/ Southend Victoria/ the train? Thank you.
In answer to an above question yes most, if not all, Southend to London trains (on both lines) have cctv (remember back to the Ipswich murders where was last seen on cctv on the train) the picture quality puts alot of retailers to shame. A pic of this "charming young man, a credit to his community" should see him caught and punished in the way to courts now see fit. Can we have a pic please from Hockley/ Southend Victoria/ the train? Thank you. ShrimperSS0
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10:23am Thu 10 Jan 13

JuliaM says...

"Police have decided not to issue CCTV at this stage in the investigation. "

I guess they are waiting for a couple on months to go by, if previous appeals are any measure!
"Police have decided not to issue CCTV at this stage in the investigation. " I guess they are waiting for a couple on months to go by, if previous appeals are any measure! JuliaM
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10:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

emcee says...

Quote: "Police have decided not to issue CCTV at this stage in the investigation."
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The police really do not do themselves any favours, do they? Why did they decide not to do this and why did the echo not ask why? Lazy journalism. No...diabolically lazy journalism.
Quote: "Police have decided not to issue CCTV at this stage in the investigation." - The police really do not do themselves any favours, do they? Why did they decide not to do this and why did the echo not ask why? Lazy journalism. No...diabolically lazy journalism. emcee
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