Police are putting on extra patrols after four knife-point robberies in Colchester overnight.
The first happened in Hickory Avenue just before 11pm on Friday, August 11, when a group of at least 10 men threatened the male victim and demanded money.
Just after 1.30am today (Saturday), two men and two women stole a wallet and phone from a man at Hythe Station.
Another phone was stolen by a group of five or six boys at Winnock Road just after 2.15am.
And the victim of the fourth robbery was able to run away after being stopped at Hythe Hill by men holding a knife.