A MAN was stabbed in the back and robbed by a gang of four.

Police have launched an appeal for information after the victim in his 20s was knifed.

Officers were called to Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, at 7.35pm on Wednesday.

It was reported the man and his friend were threatened and robbed near Greenstead Community Centre.

Fortunately his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The suspects were described as four black men. A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Officers conducted a thorough search of the area but were unable to find trace of the men or any weapons reported to have been used.

"Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting incident 1068 of October 23.

"Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or submit information via their website."