A TEENAGER was robbed and threatened by two men armed with a knife down an alleyway in a daylight attack.

The 16-year-old victim was approached by two men between Short Street and Kenway, Southend, at 11.40am on Tuesday (July 7).

One man, who had a knife, proceeded to steal the teen’s black Xiaomi electric scooter, before riding it off towards Kenway.

His accomplice then rode off on a black Carrera mountain bike. They were last seen turning into Sutton Road.

Police are now investigating the robbery and are looking to speak to witnesses, urging anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

Southend Council deputy leader Ron Woodley, said: “It’s such a shame to hear this young lad has been caught up in an incident like this - it shouldn’t be happening at any time of day, let alone in broad daylight.

“Once again this is a clear reminder to us all why we need to be vigilant when we’re out and about. With there being an increase in criminal activity since lockdown, people need to be aware wherever they go.

“Please do not put yourself at risk by walking through places alone that make you feel uncomfortable or could put you in a potentially vulnerable position.

“My thoughts are with the victim, I’d urge anyone with information to contact the police.”

A spokesman from Essex Police, said: “We have been carrying out enquiries including reviewing CCTV. We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, and anyone in the Short Street, Kenway and Sutton Road area who has CCTV footage or saw men matching the description of the suspects.

“The man with a knife was described as black, more than 6ft tall and of athletic build. He wore a black tracksuit and one white elastic glove. He wore a black du-rag over his head.

“The second man, who was riding the mountain bike, was described as white, of slim build and had black hair. He wore a black puffa jacket.

Call Southend CID on 101 quoting reference 42/100215/20.

Witnesses can also report online at https://www.essex.police.uk

Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.