Essex

Essex man robbed at knifepoint for pizzas worth £30

A pizza delivery driver has been robbed at knifepoint in Essex for food worth £30.

The 20-year-old man was responding to a bogus order from an address at a block of flats.

He was attacked by two masked men in Mason Road, Clacton, at about 2230 BST on Thursday.

The men, one armed with a kitchen knife, grabbed his bag containing the food and fled through alleyways towards Langham Drive.

The bag contained two pizzas and two garlic breads.

Waited in shadows

Det Con Phil Parish, of Essex Police, said: "These two robbers have shown total disregard for the law and risked at least two years in prison for an armed robbery involving £30 of pizzas and side orders.

"It was carefully pre-planned and they wanted only the food, not the money the delivery man had collected from other orders.

"They picked an address that was tucked away in a cul-de-sac and waited in the shadows until the order arrived.

"Then they threatened the delivery man and made their escape through a series of alleyways. They must be local men who knew the area."

Both were white and aged between 18 and 20.

Unhurt but shaken

One was about 6ft tall and stocky, wearing a light grey long-sleeved hooded top with writing on the front, a black balaclava and black woollen gloves.

The second was about 5ft 7in tall and of average build. He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with writing on the front and possibly a balaclava.

Det Con Parish added: "We want to hear from anyone who might have seen these two hanging around the area or running away through the estate.

"We also want to find the discarded pizza bag."

The delivery man, who is from the Clacton area, was unharmed but badly shaken.

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