Jan 23 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
POLICE are appealing for information after a pensioner was approached by a man wielding a knife after he left work in Skelmersdale over the weekend.
The incident took place in broad daylight at around 12.30pm on Sunday, January 19, when the 70-year-old victim was walking home along Ormskirk Road.
The elderly gentleman was approached by a man from behind, opposite Lynz Kutz hairdressers, and threatened with a knife.
The thug demanded money off the pensioner, but ran off when the victim insisted that he had no cash on him.
The offender is described as white, aged in his 20s with a dirty complexion and scruffy appearance.
He was wearing a dark- coloured zip-up hooded jacket with a lighter-coloured hood and pairs of dark trousers and trainers.
The knife is described as being a six-inch black handled knife which was carried in a sheath attached to the attacker’s belt.
An investigation is under way but police are appealing to anybody with any information about the man responsible to contact them.
DC Colin Filby, from Southern Division CID, said: “Fortunately, although threatened, the victim was not assaulted and did not have anything stolen.
“However, the nature of the crime is very concerning and I would appeal to anybody with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”
The pensioner was taken by ambulance to Southport Hospital after experiencing pains in his chest, where he is being kept in a ward for observation, owing to his age and some previous health problems.