Man hurt in knifepoint carjacking in Basildon

A man in his 30s was stabbed and had £100 taken from him by a gang who also tried to take his car at knifepoint.

The attack started at Fairview Road, Basildon, in Essex, on Thursday when the man from Surrey, parked his car and met a friend, police said.

Three men, two armed with knives, approached them and demanded cash, phones and the car keys.

The men refused and ran away but the car owner was caught, stabbed in the back and his vehicle badly damaged.

'Extremely frightening'

He suffered a minor injury as his thick coat protected him, police said.

The gang took £100 in cash that he was carrying on him.

The car's front and rear windscreens were smashed and all the tyres slashed before the gang ran off.

Det Con Angela Tappin, of Essex Police, said: "This was an extremely frightening attack, especially for the car owner who was threatened several times at knifepoint.

"Although he was stabbed in the back he was lucky to escape with a slight puncture wound because he was wearing a thick coat that took most of the impact.

"The other man appears to have been a faster runner because he managed to escape being robbed.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw the assault or from anyone who saw the three men loitering in the area of the alleyway off Fairview Road."

All three attackers were black, believed to be aged between early to late 20s and all had hooded tops pulled around their faces.

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