Man taken to hospital after being shot outside a boxing event at the Brentwood Centre.
Police Link Attempted Armed Robberies in Colchester
A man has threatened a customer and member of staff with what's thought to be a firearm at a shop in Colchester.
The suspect went into William Hill bookmakers in Harwich Road, at around 9pm last Saturday (November 22). He pulled out what's believed to have been a firearm and pointed it at a customer and a member of staff but then left empty-handed.
The same suspect is also believed to have attempted to rob a convenience store in Winnock Road on Thursday (November 27).
Investigating officer, DC Aimee Burton, said: "The customer left William Hill shortly after the suspect fled. We have not been able to trace him but believe he could have vital information in relation to our enquiry. He may well have been very shocked and scared by what happened to him but I would urge him to get in touch and tell us what happened. We are also releasing a CCTV image of the suspect and if anyone recognises him or has any information that could assist our investigation I would like to hear from them ”
The suspect is described as white, of skinny build and around 6ft fall. He was wearing a green hooded top and a black balaclava. The weapon he was carrying looked like a black handgun.
In the second incident a man entered the convenience store and threatened a staff member with a possible firearm before leaving without taking anything. It happened shortly after 9.10pm on Thursday (November 27). The weapon was fired twice in the store at some bottles, but the damage caused means police do not believe it was a genuine firearm. A full search of the area was carried out but no suspects were identified and police enquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information can call DC Burton at Colchester CID on 101 or they can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
A woman in her 20's has been threatened and robbed by a gunman in Colchester.
Chairman of luxury property group has been accused of fraud by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
The people of Essex are being urged to have their say in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed.
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.