A TEENAGER was punched and threatened with a knife when walking down an alleyway.

The 18-year-old was walking through the alleyway near the Riverview Centre, Vange, at about 2.50pm on Sunday December 30, when a man jumped out in front of him and demanded money.

When the teenager said he did not have any, he was punched twice and threatened with a knife.

The robber demanded his grey Apple iPhone SE and ran off with it back down the alleyway towards Byfletts.

He was described as white, aged in his 30s, and of small build. He was about 5ft 11ins tall, had ginger stubble and wore a blue hoody and grey jeans.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any information to help identify the suspect should contact DC Nicholas May at Basildon CID on 101 quoting reference 42/191239/18.

People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org