Bogus police officers sought after terrifying attack on boy

POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery at premises in Grays on Friday, September 20.

Around 9.30pm four unknown men requested entry to a block of flats in Trelawney Close off Howard Road, Grays, claiming to be police officers and giving information that did not appear suspicious to the occupant. They entered a property on the first floor where there was a young teenage boy and forced him to the floor while they demanded to know where the money was and threated to hurt him. After a thorough search of the flat the group of men left stealing only three designer handbags.

Description of the suspects: One was a white man with grey hair which was gelled back, about 40 years old and large build. He was wearing a black suit with a black tie. A second man was black, aged 19-20 skinny build, wearing black woolly hat, with his face covered, black hooded jacket and black trousers and gloves. He spoke with a south London accent. The third and fourth men were described as both black, but lighter skinned that the other man, 19-20 years old, also dressed similar to the second man.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw these men either before or after the incident. Pc Nina Bourne, who is investigating said: “This incident has left this young boy in fear of being at home on his own. I cannot stress enough the trauma this has caused and would appeal for anyone who can identify these men to contact me at Grays police station on 101 or give information via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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