Man attacked in Vange by would-be robber who wanted his cigarettes

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A VULNERABLE man was attacked for his cigarettes by a would-be robber outside a day centre in Vange.

Essex Police is appealing for anyone who saw the “very nasty attack” on Saturday (SEP15) to come forward.

It happened at 1pm outside Valerie Lodge, in High Road, Vange.

An Essex Police spokesman said the suspect demanded a cigarette from the victim and when he 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 5ft 4inches tall, muscular 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.

Det Con 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 think you may recognise the description of the attacker, contact Det Con Wigg on 101.

Alternatively you can pass information on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:37pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Nebs says...

Git.
Git. Nebs
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Mon 17 Sep 12

TonySanchez says...

Just another day in VANGE.
Just another day in VANGE. TonySanchez
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Mon 17 Sep 12

v.randy says...

Vange makes Jaywick look like Hampstead.
I'd rather do a 25 year stretch then spend a day in Vange..nuke it now!
Vange makes Jaywick look like Hampstead. I'd rather do a 25 year stretch then spend a day in Vange..nuke it now! v.randy
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Alec Cikes says...

The attacker: going on 40, 5'4" tall, with long side-burns, a goatee beard & wearing army combat gear...

Got to be a little man's syndrome!

Probably can't even afford a razor blade to sort out his puny little fizzog! He must smell like a skunk.

Get off the dole, you waste of low-life space. Get yourself a life!

By the same token, I hope the victim is ok & recovering from his ordeal.
The attacker: going on 40, 5'4" tall, with long side-burns, a goatee beard & wearing army combat gear... Got to be a little man's syndrome! Probably can't even afford a razor blade to sort out his puny little fizzog! He must smell like a skunk. Get off the dole, you waste of low-life space. Get yourself a life! By the same token, I hope the victim is ok & recovering from his ordeal. Alec Cikes
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Mon 17 Sep 12

tatersalad says...

What does 'would-be' robber mean ?
What does 'would-be' robber mean ? tatersalad
  • Score: 0

7:34am Tue 18 Sep 12

Rich;Carol says...

What a brave robber ! Vange, what more can anyone say ?
What a brave robber ! Vange, what more can anyone say ? Rich;Carol
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Tue 18 Sep 12

soul man says...

what a drag
what a drag soul man
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