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Man from Grays convicted of kidnap and robbery

Hassan Nazir stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday, 23 June (credit: Essex Police)

A man from Grays has been convicted of kidnap and robbery, carried out in 2018.

Hassan Nazir, of Lodge Lane, and two other men robbed a man of his phone and wallet in Southend on Tuesday, 27 November.

The victim, aged in his 20s, was grabbed from behind, threatened with a small knife and forced into the back of a car.

His bank card was used to withdraw £5,683 combined after the vehicle stopped several times at cash machines.

After about three hours, he was let out at a taxi rank in Grays and forced to make his own way home to Southend.

Nazir was identified following a public appeal where CCTV images were released as part of the investigation.

The 20-year-old denied the charges against him and stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday, 23 June.

On Tuesday, 29 June, he was convicted by a jury and is due to be sentenced in late August.

DC Rosie Digweed said: “This was a terrifying incident in which the victim feared for his life.

“I’d like to thank the victim in this case for his bravery and support throughout the investigation and the trial.

“I would also like to thank the public for helping us identify Nazir.

“Any piece of information, however small, can be vital to our investigations and we are extremely grateful to residents who respond to our appeals for information as it really does help us bring criminals to justice.”

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