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Man attacked during botched robbery
11:52am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
POLICE are hunting two armed robbers who attacked a commuter with a metal object.
The man was hospitalised with head injuries following the assault.
Officers were called shortly after 6am yesterday to a footpath running between Bergholt Road and Colchester’s North Station after receiving calls about an attempted robbery.
Two men approached the victim and ordered him to hand over his wallet.
The man refused and a struggle began.
During the struggle one of the men, armed with a metal object, smashed the victim on the head before they both fled the scene.
The victim was taken to Colchester General Hospital but his injuries were not serious and he has been discharged to recover at home.
Following the incident officers searched the area around New Braiswick Park, Bergholt Road and surrounding paths using torches to try and find the hooded criminals.
The men are described as in their twenties, about 5ft 10, were wearing jeans and hooded tops.
Officers are waiting to get more detailed descriptions from the man now he has been released from hospital.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “The footpath is regularly used by people to get to the railway station so it is likely there were others who use it at that time.
“Detectives are keen to speak to those people walking through the area.”
Anyone with information call detectives at Colchester police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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