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Essex Police investigates theft of respirators and doctor targeted by robbers

Respirators were stolen and a doctor on his way to hospital was robbed in separate incidents in Harlow.

Essex Police officers are appealing for information after the theft on Friday March 27, at around 2.50pm, when boxes containing the breathing equipment were taken from outside a property in Hollyfield. They were awaiting collection by a courier.

Two men in a black car were seen driving away from the scene. Anyone with information or CCTV footage is asked to call the Harlow local policing team on 101, quoting crime reference 42/46908/20.

Essex Police appeal (32743212)
Essex Police appeal (32743212)

The morning before (Thursday March 26) a 14-year-old Harlow boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery after several offences in the town centre on Wednesday night (March 25).

The first victim, the doctor, was approached at Lloyd's cashpoint in Market Square at around 9.25pm.

Three people – two on foot and one on a bicycle – demanded that he withdraw money for them. They escorted him to another cashpoint and took out a two-figure sum of cash before returning the bank card to the victim.

At around 9.50pm, a second victim was approached outside McDonald's on Broad Walk. He was approached by a person on a bike, with two people on foot behind him, and was asked for a cigarette and then for money. The victim refused and, fearing he was about to be attacked, fled.

Shortly after 10.15pm, a third victim was approached on Fifth Avenue. Three people threatened to stab him, but he got away unharmed and reported the incident.

A 14-year-old local boy was arrested and police are working to identify the two other suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Harlow CID on 101 and quote crime reference number 42/46217/20.

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