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Teen robbed after being threatened at knife point
A TERRIFIED teenager was held up at knife point by a ruthless armed robber who threatened to cut his face.
The victim and his three friends - aged 13 and 14 - were walking from an alleyway out onto Ingleby Road, Chadwell St Mary, when they were approached by a man who pulled out a four-inch-long Swiss Army knife at around 3.10pm on Tuesday.
He told one of the youngsters "don't move or i'll cut your face" before demanding the boy's possessions.
The man then stole a mobile phone and a small quantity of money before making off. The boys, who were uninjured, went to a nearby house to raise the alarm.
Police launched a man hunt, sending up the police helicopter to scour the ground from the air, while dog units were also deployed.
But the man got away and police are now appealing for witnesses. Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder said: "This is a particularly nasty incident and a scary one for the four young lads involved."
The robber is described as aged between 21 and 40, having black stubble and a thin face and being around five foot 10. He was wearing a black hoody with yellow stripes down the sleeves. He had grey jogging bottoms on and white trainers.
It is thought the man may have made a get away in a silver Nissan, the registration number of which began with "Y".
The incident is one of just five robberies in the whole of Thurrock throughout October.
Ch Insp Hodder said: "This is one of the nastier offences, but it’s very rare.
“There are lots of houses in the area where this incident happened so we are hoping someone might have seen the man or the car - which could have been used as a getaway car - and we are keen to hear from them."
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Emson at Grays police station on 101.
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