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8 April 2014, 18:01 | Updated: 8 April 2014, 18:04
Two students have been robbed of their wallets at gunpoint in Colchester.
It happened on Distillery Lane shortly after 3am this morning (8th April). The two 18-year-old local men had been walking along when the occupants of a parked silver car got out of their vehicle.
One then threatened them with a black handgun and the pair handed over their mobiles and wallets. The group of five returned to the car and drove off.
Investigating Officer, Dc Adele Brown, said: "We examined CCTV footage throughout Tuesday and it appears this car was driven into and out of Distillery Lane from the Tesco side. We are looking to speak with any taxi drivers or people who were working in the area between 3-3:30am on Tuesday morning and who saw any usual activity on Distillery Lane or a car being driven around the area with five young men inside. These two young victims are very shaken up and taking in what happened to them. We want to offer them reassurance by taking this group of people off the streets, but need people’s assistance to do so.”
The attackers are all described as white, in their early 20s and were wearing hoodies. One man had shaved, ginger hair while another has an eyebrow pierced with a silver bar.
Both men were pushed around but neither of them were injured. They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their nearby homes at the time of the robbery.
Anyone with information in connection with this robbery is urged to contact detectives at Colchester police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.