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Essex Police is appealing for anyone who saw a very nasty attack on a vulnerable man last Saturday (15/09/2012) at 1pm outside The Valerie Lodge on High Road, Vange, Basildon. The would-be robber demanded a cigarette from the victim and when refused he put his hand to the victim’s neck and pushed him to the floor, trying to steal cigarettes. The attacker is described as aged up to about 40, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, muscular build with short grey hair with long sideburns and a goatee beard. He was wearing army-style combat trousers and a white T-shirt. He followed the victim towards Pitsea High Street.
DC Matt Wigg of Basildon CID said:
“The victim was extremely distressed by this nasty attack, and may take a long time to get over it. Please help us find whoever did this, not least to stop it happening again.”
If you saw this incident, or if you have heard anything about it, or think you may recognise this description, please contact Dc Matt Wigg or one of his colleagues at Basildon CID on 101. Or you can leave information anonymously wth Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.