Girl, nine, threatened with knife on Saffron Walden playing fields

PUBLISHED: 11:31 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 26 May 2017

Herbert's Playing Fields. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Herbert's Playing Fields. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING


A nine-year-old girl was threatened with a knife during an incident on Herbert’s Farm Playing Fields in Saffron Walden.

Herbert's Farm Playing Fields. Picture: ABBIE WEAVINGHerbert's Farm Playing Fields. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Four children, all aged around ten, were playing on the fields, in Debden Road, on Monday, May 22.

They were approached and chased by two teenagers, thought to be around 17-years-old, on black motorbikes.

One of the children, the nine-year-old girl, was grabbed by her leg. She managed to get away, by kicking the suspect.

The other suspect then threatened with a kitchen-type knife.

None of the children were injured during the incident.

The suspect who grabbed the girl’s leg was white, around 5ft 3ins tall and of skinny build with mousey brown hair, which was curly, and had freckles. He was wearing a black crash helmet with a white skull on the front, a black-puffed sleeveless body warmer, a black T-shirt, black trousers with silver stripes and black boots.

The second suspect was black or of mixed race, of skinny build, 5ft 5ins tall, with short black, curly hair which was longer on top. He was wearing camouflage overalls and had a plain, red crash helmet.

One motorbike featured a white flash on the side, while the other had red flashes.

Essex Police is offering reassurance that incidents of this nature are rare and enquiries are ongoing. Officers are treating this as an isolated incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Ritch Morris on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 101.

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