Driver had car stolen from him at knifepoint on major Essex road

A suspect being arrested by police (file photo)
A suspect being arrested by police (file photo) -Credit:Essex Police

A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after a car was stolen from a motorist in a knifepoint robbery in Chelmsford. Reports of a robbery in Rainsford Road were made to Essex Police at around 12.15am on Tuesday (April 30).

A suspect reportedly approached a silver Ford Fiesta and threatened the driver with a knife before taking the vehicle and leaving the scene. The victim has not sustained any injuries and is being supported by specialist officers.

The vehicle was seen heading in the direction of Parkway and Forest Drive and was reportedly involved in a collision with another vehicle as it left the scene. A man, 34, from Chelmsford, has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, dangerous driving, possession of a Class A drug and being wanted on recall to prison.

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The vehicle and possessions of the victim have also been recovered by officers. Officers still want to hear from anyone who may have seen this incident or the silver Ford Fiesta leaving the scene in Rainsford Road. If you witnessed this incident, or have any doorbell or dashcam footage, please contact Essex Police with incident number 440 of Tuesday 30 April.

A spokesperson said: "You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm. Visit to find out more about our website reporting services.

"Alternatively you can call us on 101. In an emergency always call 999. If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111."

Whilst the incident is understood to be isolated and with no wider threat to the public, it comes after a worrying number of incidents involving knives across the county. In Southend a woman was recently stabbed multiple times and in Chelmsford, a man was left fighting for his life after being stabbed near a park.

Official figures showed a decline in knife crime offences in Essex over the last 12 months; however, the number of young people being accused of such offences is on the increase with the grandmother of a Chelmsford stabbing victim describing it as "out of control".