Teenagers robbed at gunpoint

Essex County Standard: Teenagers robbed at gunpoint Teenagers robbed at gunpoint

A  HOODED gang of armed men robbed two teenagers in Colchester at gunpoint.

Detectives are appealing for information after five men got out of a car on Distillery Lane, Colchester, at about 3am this morning.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "The two 18-year-old men had been walking along when the occupants of a parked silver car got out.

"One then threatened them with a black handgun.

"They handed over their mobile telephones and wallets.

"The five assailants returned to the car and it was driven off."

Det Con Adele Brown, who is leading the investigation, said: "We examined CCTV footage 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 to 3:30am on Tuesday morning and who saw any unusual 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 assistance to do so.”

The attackers are all 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 young men were pushed around but neither were hurt.

They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their homes nearby at the time.

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. 

 

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7:11pm Tue 8 Apr 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

"Real" men then !!
"Real" men then !! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 3

7:23pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Zaffre says...

Could be linked to the incident on Abbotts Road when a car full of 'young men' (vile boys) abused a woman a few weeks back. The car was a silver fiesta then. Come on someone get these thugs and get them off our streets.

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Could be linked to the incident on Abbotts Road when a car full of 'young men' (vile boys) abused a woman a few weeks back. The car was a silver fiesta then. Come on someone get these thugs and get them off our streets. http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11088 077.Yobs_throw_glass _bottle_at_woman_in_ hate_crime/ Zaffre
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8:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

eb34 says...

are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am..
are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am.. eb34
  • Score: 2

10:44pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mflfc68 says...

eb34 wrote:
are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am..
It's very quiet and very dark, not even a proper road, never mind street lights.
[quote][p][bold]eb34[/bold] wrote: are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am..[/p][/quote]It's very quiet and very dark, not even a proper road, never mind street lights. mflfc68
  • Score: 7

10:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

wormshero says...

eb34 wrote:
are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am..
Pretty sure that road has always been unlit, and that the main road is still lit. It's secluded enough that I doubt lighting would have put them off anyway.
[quote][p][bold]eb34[/bold] wrote: are there street lights down this road and if so they would have been off at 3am..[/p][/quote]Pretty sure that road has always been unlit, and that the main road is still lit. It's secluded enough that I doubt lighting would have put them off anyway. wormshero
  • Score: 4

9:59am Wed 9 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose?
The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose? totallyfootball
  • Score: -5

10:23am Wed 9 Apr 14

wormshero says...

totallyfootball wrote:
The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose?
That's in the article:
"They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their homes nearby at the time."
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose?[/p][/quote]That's in the article: "They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their homes nearby at the time." wormshero
  • Score: 6

10:29am Wed 9 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

wormshero wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose?
That's in the article:
"They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their homes nearby at the time."
That's no answer to my question, why would you do it?
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: The first question to be asked is why were they out at that time, free country and all that but knowing how the town is full of cowards and degenerates that time of the morning is unhealthy and foolish to say the least? Hope they recover, as for catching them we can dream I suppose?[/p][/quote]That's in the article: "They had been at a friend’s house during the evening and had been walking back to their homes nearby at the time."[/p][/quote]That's no answer to my question, why would you do it? totallyfootball
  • Score: -8

11:39am Wed 9 Apr 14

wormshero says...

Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish"
Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish" wormshero
  • Score: 8

11:54am Wed 9 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

wormshero wrote:
Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish"
Sorry I seem to be totally misread here, don't know why I bothered? As for heading home from work at two in the morning I would deem as a purpose with a necessity, being round a mates house is not. Finally all I am saying is being out at that time of the morning knowing the scum that lurks in our streets is fraught with danger as now has been proved. Enjoy the rest of your day!
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish"[/p][/quote]Sorry I seem to be totally misread here, don't know why I bothered? As for heading home from work at two in the morning I would deem as a purpose with a necessity, being round a mates house is not. Finally all I am saying is being out at that time of the morning knowing the scum that lurks in our streets is fraught with danger as now has been proved. Enjoy the rest of your day! totallyfootball
  • Score: -14

12:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

conniebeegee says...

A victim blaming attitude won't help. Be it by necessity or not, people should be able to walk around without a gun being pointed to their head. These two lads should be able to feel safe. One of the lads works in a bar in town, the other at a 24 shop, so there are occasions they have to walk home during the wee small hours. Should they quit their jobs because of "scum that lurks in our streets"?
I want to feel safe in our lovely town. Please, share this case and help catch the people responsible.
A victim blaming attitude won't help. Be it by necessity or not, people should be able to walk around without a gun being pointed to their head. These two lads should be able to feel safe. One of the lads works in a bar in town, the other at a 24 shop, so there are occasions they have to walk home during the wee small hours. Should they quit their jobs because of "scum that lurks in our streets"? I want to feel safe in our lovely town. Please, share this case and help catch the people responsible. conniebeegee
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Route88 says...

conniebeegee wrote:
A victim blaming attitude won't help. Be it by necessity or not, people should be able to walk around without a gun being pointed to their head. These two lads should be able to feel safe. One of the lads works in a bar in town, the other at a 24 shop, so there are occasions they have to walk home during the wee small hours. Should they quit their jobs because of "scum that lurks in our streets"?
I want to feel safe in our lovely town. Please, share this case and help catch the people responsible.
I hope the victims of this crime recover from their ordeal and you are correct to point out that some employment requires late night working and the subsequent journey home by foot. Until recently, you could have chosen to take a route home which was lit but now, after a certain time, that is no longer possible.
[quote][p][bold]conniebeegee[/bold] wrote: A victim blaming attitude won't help. Be it by necessity or not, people should be able to walk around without a gun being pointed to their head. These two lads should be able to feel safe. One of the lads works in a bar in town, the other at a 24 shop, so there are occasions they have to walk home during the wee small hours. Should they quit their jobs because of "scum that lurks in our streets"? I want to feel safe in our lovely town. Please, share this case and help catch the people responsible.[/p][/quote]I hope the victims of this crime recover from their ordeal and you are correct to point out that some employment requires late night working and the subsequent journey home by foot. Until recently, you could have chosen to take a route home which was lit but now, after a certain time, that is no longer possible. Route88
  • Score: -2

1:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

I've had with this town !
I've had with this town ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bruce Tuxford says...

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A Freedom of information request to Essex County Council noted that there will be no savings from turning the lights off until 2016 and that they cannot accurately measure the saving as all of ECC electricity is on one meter! This report was written three years ago and to date they have not reviewed the situation.
It would be nice if the Tory let council reflected on this issue sooner rather than later !
http://www.google.co .uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q =&esrc=s&source=web& cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8& ved=0CDEQFjAA&url=ht tp%3A%2F%2Fwww.petit ionbuzz.com%2Fpetiti ons%2Fswitchstreetli ghtson&ei=eENFU6GCK5 ORhQedooGwCw&usg=AFQ jCNHabZmBR-A_8nCBTGw I7rhviC1qyg&sig2=ZHw UluvbsQyx3mW8GIDq3g& bvm=bv.64507335,d.ZG 4 Please sign up to our petition to get the street lighting in Colchester turned back on before some one is killed! A Freedom of information request to Essex County Council noted that there will be no savings from turning the lights off until 2016 and that they cannot accurately measure the saving as all of ECC electricity is on one meter! This report was written three years ago and to date they have not reviewed the situation. It would be nice if the Tory let council reflected on this issue sooner rather than later ! Bruce Tuxford
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2:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

wormshero says...

Bruce Tuxford wrote:
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Please sign up to our petition to get the street lighting in Colchester turned back on before some one is killed!
A Freedom of information request to Essex County Council noted that there will be no savings from turning the lights off until 2016 and that they cannot accurately measure the saving as all of ECC electricity is on one meter! This report was written three years ago and to date they have not reviewed the situation.
It would be nice if the Tory let council reflected on this issue sooner rather than later !
Firstly, "before someone is killed" is a daft comment given the recent brutal stabbing (which likely would have happened anyway, someone who commits such a crime can't be right in the head, but perhaps, maybe, it would have made the criminal more visible to whatever public would have been awake at such a time). Secondly, there was never lighting here, are you proposing they build more lighting too?
[quote][p][bold]Bruce Tuxford[/bold] wrote: http://www.google.co .uk/url?sa=t&rct =j&q =&esrc=s&sou rce=web& cd=1&cad=rja& ;uact=8& ved=0CDEQFjAA&ur l=ht tp%3A%2F%2Fwww.petit ionbuzz.com%2Fpetiti ons%2Fswitchstreetli ghtson&ei=eENFU6 GCK5 ORhQedooGwCw&usg =AFQ jCNHabZmBR-A_8nCBTGw I7rhviC1qyg&sig2 =ZHw UluvbsQyx3mW8GIDq3g& amp; bvm=bv.64507335,d.ZG 4 Please sign up to our petition to get the street lighting in Colchester turned back on before some one is killed! A Freedom of information request to Essex County Council noted that there will be no savings from turning the lights off until 2016 and that they cannot accurately measure the saving as all of ECC electricity is on one meter! This report was written three years ago and to date they have not reviewed the situation. It would be nice if the Tory let council reflected on this issue sooner rather than later ![/p][/quote]Firstly, "before someone is killed" is a daft comment given the recent brutal stabbing (which likely would have happened anyway, someone who commits such a crime can't be right in the head, but perhaps, maybe, it would have made the criminal more visible to whatever public would have been awake at such a time). Secondly, there was never lighting here, are you proposing they build more lighting too? wormshero
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Wed 9 Apr 14

gizabreak says...

What a shame these young lads must have been absolutely terrified. What the hell is happening to Colchester ? People of Colchester need to speak up and take their town back , there's people in Chelmsford making decisions about this town based solely on financial figures and with no thought or concern about the people who live here. This is shocking and these things will only get worse unless people lobby local councillors and mps. Still if they do get these guys what will happen, probably get their wrists slapped and sent on some courses so they can get good jobs. Sorry for the rant folks!
What a shame these young lads must have been absolutely terrified. What the hell is happening to Colchester ? People of Colchester need to speak up and take their town back , there's people in Chelmsford making decisions about this town based solely on financial figures and with no thought or concern about the people who live here. This is shocking and these things will only get worse unless people lobby local councillors and mps. Still if they do get these guys what will happen, probably get their wrists slapped and sent on some courses so they can get good jobs. Sorry for the rant folks! gizabreak
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Thu 10 Apr 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

London overspill springs to mind..
London overspill springs to mind.. oOI Daza IOo
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2:13pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Angry of Lexden says...

gizabreak wrote:
What a shame these young lads must have been absolutely terrified. What the hell is happening to Colchester ? People of Colchester need to speak up and take their town back , there's people in Chelmsford making decisions about this town based solely on financial figures and with no thought or concern about the people who live here. This is shocking and these things will only get worse unless people lobby local councillors and mps. Still if they do get these guys what will happen, probably get their wrists slapped and sent on some courses so they can get good jobs. Sorry for the rant folks!
You are right Giza. My 15 year old son and a couple of friends were robbed at gun point of their phones etc while walking across the Hilly Fields from college one afternoon. My initial reaction was to be cross that they were on the fields - I had banned my children from the area because of the frequent robberies and no go area where gay men have sex on the lower fields.

My son was robbed a few weeks after he was a legitimate guest at the party where poor Jay was stabbed. That's a lot of bad stuff for a young person to deal with.

Before Tim Young or anyone else says Colchester is no worse than any other town - I care about the safety of where my family live and work and I expect all the agencies - councillors, police, magistrates - to get their act together and help Colchester people feel safe again. It should not be beyond the wit of the individual or collective agencies to target known evil individuals such as Ed Redman.

When Redman admitted to the youth offending team that he carried a knife, they might have told the police, and the police might in turn have been on Redman like a rash - stop and search when he least expected it for whatever reason, and when he was inevitably found with a knife, the court could have demanded the maximum penalty. It might not have turned Redman into a saint but there is the possibility he would not have taken a knife to the party. Some might argue that such an approach would have infringed Redman's human rights. But then Jay might have retained his right to look forward to life growing up with his family, getting a job, friends holidays, partners, kids.
[quote][p][bold]gizabreak[/bold] wrote: What a shame these young lads must have been absolutely terrified. What the hell is happening to Colchester ? People of Colchester need to speak up and take their town back , there's people in Chelmsford making decisions about this town based solely on financial figures and with no thought or concern about the people who live here. This is shocking and these things will only get worse unless people lobby local councillors and mps. Still if they do get these guys what will happen, probably get their wrists slapped and sent on some courses so they can get good jobs. Sorry for the rant folks![/p][/quote]You are right Giza. My 15 year old son and a couple of friends were robbed at gun point of their phones etc while walking across the Hilly Fields from college one afternoon. My initial reaction was to be cross that they were on the fields - I had banned my children from the area because of the frequent robberies and no go area where gay men have sex on the lower fields. My son was robbed a few weeks after he was a legitimate guest at the party where poor Jay was stabbed. That's a lot of bad stuff for a young person to deal with. Before Tim Young or anyone else says Colchester is no worse than any other town - I care about the safety of where my family live and work and I expect all the agencies - councillors, police, magistrates - to get their act together and help Colchester people feel safe again. It should not be beyond the wit of the individual or collective agencies to target known evil individuals such as Ed Redman. When Redman admitted to the youth offending team that he carried a knife, they might have told the police, and the police might in turn have been on Redman like a rash - stop and search when he least expected it for whatever reason, and when he was inevitably found with a knife, the court could have demanded the maximum penalty. It might not have turned Redman into a saint but there is the possibility he would not have taken a knife to the party. Some might argue that such an approach would have infringed Redman's human rights. But then Jay might have retained his right to look forward to life growing up with his family, getting a job, friends holidays, partners, kids. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 4

11:50am Tue 15 Apr 14

zt00013 says...

totallyfootball wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish"
Sorry I seem to be totally misread here, don't know why I bothered? As for heading home from work at two in the morning I would deem as a purpose with a necessity, being round a mates house is not. Finally all I am saying is being out at that time of the morning knowing the scum that lurks in our streets is fraught with danger as now has been proved. Enjoy the rest of your day!
"Fraught with danger."

You read the Daily Mail, enjoy curtain twitching and I claim my 5 pounds.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: Well, I presume, as it says, they did it to get home from their friends house a short distance away. Nothing wrong with staying up late in the company of friends. I'm not even sure why that's "the first question to be asked" anyway, surely the first question would be "who committed this crime" followed by "and when will they face justice for it". There's no reason that people shouldn't be outside at 3am, there's no curfew law, and we shouldn't have to feel unsafe outside at night (I know that the majority do, due to there being a fair amount of violent crime recently, but we shouldn't have to). I occasionally head back from work at 2am, if I were mugged walking home I wouldn't expect the first question to be "Well, why were you outside so late? That's unhealthy and foolish"[/p][/quote]Sorry I seem to be totally misread here, don't know why I bothered? As for heading home from work at two in the morning I would deem as a purpose with a necessity, being round a mates house is not. Finally all I am saying is being out at that time of the morning knowing the scum that lurks in our streets is fraught with danger as now has been proved. Enjoy the rest of your day![/p][/quote]"Fraught with danger." You read the Daily Mail, enjoy curtain twitching and I claim my 5 pounds. zt00013
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