Series of knifepoint robberies in Chafford Hundred

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following two robberies in Chafford Hundred which they believe are linked.

The first incident happened at 11.50pm on Saturday March 9 in Weymouth Drive, Chafford Hundred.

The four teenage victims – a 17-year-old girl and three boys aged 16 – were walking along Weymouth Drive, near to the roundabout junction with Mayflower Road and Lancaster Drive, when they were approached by a group of seven men.

Three of the men had knives, one of which was held against the throat of a 17-year-old boy whilst one of the other 17-year-old boys was placed in a headlock.

The victims were then forced to hand over their mobile phones, wallets and other belonging.

The teens were shaken but not injured.

A short time later at 12.10am on Sunday March 10 an 18-year-old man was waiting for a taxi near to the Tesco car park on Fleming Road.

He was approached by a group of seven people who demanded he walked to the cashpoint and withdraw money.

The victim refused and was assaulted, knocked to the floor and left with cuts to his lip and eye. During the assault he also had his wallet, phone and headphones stolen.

Detectives are investigating both robberies and believe they may be linked.

Det Sgt Tim Littman of Grays CID said: “Given that both robberies involved a group of seven people and how close in time and place they occurred we believe they are linked.

“We not only want to hear from anyone who witnessed either of these incidents but we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this group in the area acting suspiciously who could help us identify who they are.

“All of the victims involved in these incidents are just teenagers and have all been left shaken by what happened. Please do the right thing by giving us any information.”

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Grays CID on 101 or Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

18 Responses to "Series of knifepoint robberies in Chafford Hundred"

  1. rocket1   March 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Chavfull hundred is the roughest part of Grays,its turning into a no go zone after sunset.i suppose the victims were to scared to give a description of the robbers.

  2. thurrocksgonedownhill   March 10, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Why are we never told if the assailants are Black, white or pink with two heads, at least that way those of us that frequent Chafford could be more mindful.

  3. Catlady   March 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    The police are asking for our help, yet won’t give a description of the assailants…WHY??

  4. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 10, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Tory cuts + fewer police on streets = increase in violent crime.

  5. thurrocksgonedownhill   March 11, 2019 at 8:01 am

    We are all paying the price for weak namby pamby policies that don’t work. Lets bring back harsh penalties for these scum bags.

  6. littlebopeep   March 11, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Absolutely terrible. Discipline should start in the home. Sadly many children have none and are allowed to develope into hooligans.

  7. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Some people believe that harsh punishments deter criminals. There is plenty of evidence that they don’t. The only true deterrent is the threat of capture by the police which can’t happen under the Tories as they have cut police numbers leading to a criminal’s paradise. Of course, some people will ignore the evidence that is plentifully available if they can be bothered to look for it but there can’t be any people that stupid or lazy out there, can there?

  8. littlebopeep   March 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    So what should the penalty be. A tap on the hand and don’t do it again? Sorry, cannot agree. Many of these children who have knives are well under age. Where are their families?

  9. thurrocksgonedownhill   March 11, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    It would seem some on here would give them a new phone and trainers and tell them to play nicely… I guess that’s parasitic Labour voters for you.

  10. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    littlebopeep – Well that’s a very stupid thing to say and not what I said. I didn’t say let violent criminals off. I merely stated that harsher punishments don’t deter criminals and there is evidence to that effect. What does deter criminals is the risk of capture so more police are necessary. The current sentences are sufficient if we had the police officers is sufficient number to increase the risk of capture. And I don’t know why you included stuff about children with knives in response to me when I didn’t include any reference to them in my comment. Perhaps you should try reading people’s comments properly before you reply.

  11. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Some people can’t take being bested in arguments so make fatuous comments that bear no relation to anything any intelligent people actually say. But that’s Tory and neo-Nazi voters for you.

  12. littlebopeep   March 11, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I suppose everyone is entitled to there opinion, but do feel that the threat of hanging might help.

  13. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 11, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    littlebopeep – I’m sorry but I was not offering my opinion. I was presenting the result of many studies on the role of punishment on criminals. The result was that only the fear of getting caught provides sufficient deterrence because many criminals believe that they won’t get caught so won’t suffer any punishment. Get more police on the streets and you’ll see a reduction in crime. If a criminal doesn’t get caught having a sentence of hanging or whatever has absolutely no effect at all. Not only is what I said a fact, it’s a bleeding obvious fact.

  14. thurrocksgonedownhill   March 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Getting caught is really a deterrent…not. Going to prison is a badge of honour and all these studies are do gooder rubbish.
    Here’s a fact- TBC & The Police spend tax payers money banning this so called E 17 gang from Grays, well that really scared them big time. Members of the gang were then seen in the town and even seen making video’s a week or so later and continue to be seen in the town.

    Maybe we should have another expensive study into the study that clearly didn’t tell them to play nicely.

    Blinkered Labour voters for you I guess.

  15. littlebopeep   March 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Sadly, common sense falls on deaf ears.

  16. thurrocksgonedownhill   March 12, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Littlebopeep your absolutely right, Sadly we live in a namby pamby society that rewards failure.

    People (in fact animals) who carry knifes and use them are taking another’s life and wrecking the lifes’ of the people left behind. Yet reading some of the comments on here from so called intelligent (sic) people you would be forgiven to believe that is ok.

    Hard line sentences is the only thing these feral no goods will understand.We don’t need parasitic imbeciles telling us all is fine…it’s Tory cuts to blame.

  17. Valen (Myles) Cook   March 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Some people really are so stupid that even facts don’t divest them of their ignorance. You wouldn’t think that there would be anyone that ignorant out there, would you?

  18. littlebopeep   March 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, there are a load of idiots about. Well said thurrocksgonedownhill.

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