THE Skelmersdale community were left shocked and sickened after an 80-year-old man was attacked with a knife by thugs in his own home.
Police are appealing for information after the pensioner was threatened and attacked with a blade in Skelmersdale.
The unprovoked assault took place at approximately half past midnight on Thursday, January 9, on Egerton.
The victim answered the front door and was confronted by a man who asked to use his phone.
When the pensioner declined his request, the thug tried to push past him into his home before producing a knife and thrusting it towards the 80- year-old.
The attacker began to slash the victim, leaving him with cuts to his face and hands during the assault. Eventually the pensioner managed to push the offender out and closed the door.
The offender is described as a white man, aged 40 – 50yrs, 6ft- 6ft2” tall with short brown hair and unshaven. He is described as scruffy, wearing a dark coloured waist-length waterproof jacket and dark trousers. He spoke with a local accent.
On social networking sites, the Skelmersdale community expressed their shock as news of the attack broke.
One person, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “You’ve got to be sick and low to go near a vulnerable person like that, it’s just so wrong.”
Police are investigating the attack and DC Adam Burke said: “If anyone has any information regarding this incident, I would urge them contact the police on 101 quoting log reference LC-20140109-0081 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“I would also like to reassure people that incidents of this nature are rare in this area and police patrols have been increased.”