Police appeal after two attempted armed robberies in Brentwood

Police are appealing for information after two incidents where a handgun was used during attempted armed robberies in Brentwood.

Both happened on Sunday, December 16; the first was in Warley Food and Wine, in Warley Hill at 2.30pm when a man took a handgun from his trousers before demanding money from the till. No money was stolen.

The second was in Rose Valley, Brentwood, at 4.30pm when a man attempted to steal a woman’s shoulder bag. The man showed his gun and struggled to take the bag. It broke but was not taken after he was disturbed by a passer by.

PC James Smith of Loughton CID said: “Both incidents are suspected to be linked due to the suspect’s description being very similar in both incidents and the fact both victims state the man produced a handgun.

“Both incidents would have been very frightening for the victims and thankfully neither was hurt. I am keen to hear from anyone who has any information as soon as possible.”


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The man was described as white, aged 16 to 20, and of slim build. In the first incident he was wearing a blue hooded top, a scarf over his face and grey jogging bottoms.

In the second he was wearing a black woolly hat, dark-coloured top and dark-coloured tracksuit bottoms.

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He has blue eyes, brown eyebrows, wore black gloves and a bandana and spoke with a deep voice in an Essex accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Smith on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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