Essex

Gang escapes with cigarettes and cash in Essex raid

A petrol station in Essex has been raided by a gang of masked men who escaped with cash and cigarettes.

Staff at the Jet garage in Southend Road, Stanford Le Hope, were confronted by five or six men on Wednesday night.

One of the employees was punched in the face. The gang made off with £4,000 worth of cigarettes and several hundred pounds in cash.

Detectives believe they were on foot and escaped over a wall behind the service station into Scratton Road.

One of the men was wearing a grey hooded Adidas jacket and grey jogging bottoms with a white stripe.

A second man wore a jacket with 'Ed Hardy' written on it.

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