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Extra police patrols after four knife-point robberies

There were four knife-point robberies in Colchester overnight. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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.

"We have a zero-tolerance stance on this type of behaviour and these incidents are not acceptable. Our detectives are working with the victims in each incident to identify the suspects involved.

"There will be dedicated patrols in these areas over the weekend to ensure the safety of the community."

– Det Ch Insp Leighton Hammett, Essex Police