A 50-YEAR-OLD man was held up at knifepoint in an underpass as he made his way home from a night out celebrating his birthday.
Police are now appealing for information after the attempted robbery in Up Holland in the early hours of Tuesday, December 18.
The victim was walking through the underpass close to Ormskirk Road which goes under Stannought Road when he was approached by three men.
One of the men was carrying what appeared to be a Stanley knife and the trio demanded money and cigarettes.
Fortunately, the victim was able to defend himself and the three men – one of whom suffered a facial injury and may have lost a tooth – fled empty-handed along Ormskirk Road in the direction of Digmoor Road.
The first man has been described as white, in his 20s, of stocky build, and around 5ft 8in tall with short, blond hair.
He was holding a knife in his left hand.
The second man has been described as white, around 6ft 1in tall, of stocky build with stubble on his face and short hair.
The third man was described as white, around 6ft 1in tall, of large build, with a shaved head and stubble.
Det Insp Marc Nasser of Lancashire Police said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or may have seen anybody acting suspiciously to come forward if they have any information.
“During the altercation with the victim one of the offenders received a facial injury and may have lost a tooth, so if anyone recognises the descriptions above I would also ask them to come forward.”
If anyone has any information, they can contact police on 101. Alternatively, people can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.