Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy was threatened with a knife.
The 14-year-old was walking along South Street, Braintree, at about 8.40pm on Wednesday June 29th when a car pulled up alongside him near the Wagon and Horses pub.
The passenger got out carrying a knife. The victim ran off, followed by the man on foot and the car, towards Market Place.
When he reached a place of safety, the driver and the passenger both left in the car, which was described as being silver or light grey and similar in shape to a Renault Scenic or Peugeot Partner van.
The victim was unhurt but left shaken.
The man with the knife was described as being white, about 5ft 10ins tall, of athletic build, and aged in his late 20s to early 30s.
He had cropped black hair, was clean shaven and wore a close-fitting plain white T-shirt and shorts. He had tattoos on his right arm and right leg.
The driver was a white man, about 5ft 2ins tall, of large build. He was believed to be aged in his 50s, bald, and wore a grey T-shirt.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Dc Charlie Clark on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org