Police investigating a robbery at Lakeside in Thurrock have arrested a teenage boy.

A robbery at the shopping centre was reported to have occurred at around 5.30pm on Saturday, February 10.

The teenage victim had his coat and airpods taken from him by a person who was part of a large group, according to Essex Police.

Officers from Thurrock Local Policing Team searched the area and within a few hours a teenage boy was arrested at Lakeside on suspicion of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. 

He remains in custody.

Chief Inspector Tina Cooper said: “Robbery is a priority for us and we will do all we can to deter and prevent offenders coming to our district to cause upset and trouble for our residents and businesses.

“My colleagues in the west and I all want the same thing – to ensure people are safe at Lakeside whether they come here to work, shop, eat or socialise.

"Robbery will not be tolerated and we will take action to ensure those who commit these offences are brought to justice."

Quote incident 900 of February 10 when providing any information.

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