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Police appeal after knifepoint robbery

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a teenage boy was robbed at knife-point on a Southend train.

The incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday onboard the 11.15pm Liverpool Street train to Southend Victoria.

As the train was arriving into Prittlewell station, around 12.20am, the suspect approached a 16-year-old boy who was sitting with his girlfriend.

“He then threatened the boy with a knife, ordering him to hand over his Blackberry mobile phone. Fearing for his safety, the victim, from Rayleigh, handed over his phone.

“Prior to this incident, the suspect began an altercation with an elderly man, who moved in an attempt to escape any violence.

“The suspect left the train at Southend Victoria with a silver pushbike. As he passed the gate he made verbal threats to a member of station staff."

– Det Const David Bishop

CCTV on the train and at stations is being viewed by detectives. It's believed the suspect boarded at Hockley station.

He is described as white, in his late teens, tall and skinny. He had light coloured hair with zig zags shaved into the back of his head.

He wore a hooded top, dark jeans and white trainers. He also wore a yellow coloured scarf in an attempt to hide his identity.

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

This is a very detailed description and I’d urge anyone who thinks they know who it might be to contact police.

“I’d also urge the man who looked to seek refuge to come forward, as he may have key information which is vital to this investigation.”

– Det Const David Bishop

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