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Stansted knifepoint robbery: Police seek second victim at basketball court

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Police are trying to trace a victim who was robbed by a gang minutes before they robbed a teenage boy at knifepoint in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Officers want to talk to a man called Mark who they believe had his phone stolen just before a teenage boy was threatened into handing over a bag and gold chain.

Essex Police are appealing for information following the incident on Sunday July 21 at around 8pm. Three men, one of them armed with a knife, robbed the teenager at the basketball court off Manor Road.

Essex Police appeal (15115275)
Essex Police appeal (15115275)

A 21-year-old man was arrested three days later on suspicion of robbery and assault. He has been released on bail until Tuesday August 20. Officers want to trace two others.

They are both white and about 5ft tall. The first is described is in his late teens or early 20s, with black hair and patchy facial stubble. He wore jeans and a blue jumper. The other is in his mid teens with short blond hair. He was wearing a black tracksuit.

DC Robin Coltman, of Braintree CID, said: "Officers investigating the robbery are aware of another incident which may have occurred in the same location just prior to this offence and may have involved a victim called Mark who had his phone stolen. We are yet to receive any reports of this and would ask anyone who has any details to contact us."

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Braintree CID on 101, quoting crime reference 42/116495/19, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or who lives in houses which back onto the basketball court and has CCTV.

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