Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a man was threatened in Vange.
The 35-year-old victim was verbally abused by the driver of a small white van in Rydene Close at about 1.55pm yesterday, Wednesday March 8.
The suspect was reported to have what appeared to be a gun.
The victim ran off and was left shaken but unhurt.
The suspect drove away from the scene.
Officers carried out a search of the area and enquiries are ongoing.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Dc Danielle Hutton at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.