INTRUDERS targeted a university's student accommodation in a raid which resulted in a have-a-go hero being attacked as he bravely tried to stop them.

Essex Police received reports two men entered Keynes Tower, at the University of Essex's Colchester campus, as trespassers at about 9am on October 9.

They are then believed to have forced their way into a man's student halls of residence before assaulting him when he attempted to intervene.

Several items, including a black speaker, were taken by the suspects, who have both been described as being white, in their 20s, about 5ft 10in tall and having dark hair. 


One is described as wearing a navy Nike tracksuit and black trainers, while the other was wearing a white, orange and navy tracksuit top with jeans and white trainers.

Essex Police are now appealing for anyone with information to contact the force as soon as possible.

A spokesman said: "Can you help detectives in Colchester? They are appealing for information following reports of a burglary in Keynes Tower, University of Essex.

"If you recognise the individuals pictured or have any information that may help our investigation, please contact us.

"You can speak to an online operator at between 7am-11pm or contact Colchester CID on 101 quoting crime reference number 42/224193/21."

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."