A BLIND man has told how he was mugged by three youths who threatened to slit his throat if he did not hand over his wallet.
In one of the most shocking street attacks ever seen in the town, the thugs approached the 43-year-old as he walked along Henry Street, Church.
- Led him from the main road into a secluded area.
- Pushed him to the floor.
- Held a sharp object to his throat.
- Demanded the pin number for his cash card.
They later used the card to withdraw £250 from the HSBC cash machine in Blackburn Road, Accrington.
The man, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, was born and brought up in Accrington but now lives in Anglesey with his wife and two children.
He returned to the area because his dad is moving into a care home. He was walking home from the supermarket when his ordeal started at about 8pm on Tuesday.
He said: "There was a sign outside a pub and I had stepped out onto the road to walk around it. A lad said I was in the road and should turn left. They then nudged me down a steep path into a field. At first I thought they were playing a prank to try to get a blind person lost. But then one of them kept sticking his foot out trying to trip me up."
"They pushed me down on the floor and demanded money. One of them said he had got a knife and if I didn't hand it over he would stab me."
"I took my wallet out of my pocket and opened it to take the money out and they grabbed the wallet from me."
"One of them asked me for my pin number for my card. I tried to stall and said I could not remember, but he said if I didn't tell him he would slit my throat and he put something against my neck."
After the attackers left he started to look for his white stick and was able to make his way back home before contacting the police.
The victim added: "Today I felt shaky just walking and I have never been bothered about going anywhere at any time of the day or night before."
"You think muggings and assaults happen to other people; when it happens to you it certainly shakes you up."
DC Geoff Bromley, of Accrington CID, said: "It was a callous, unprovoked attack on a vulnerable member of the community and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police."
Anyone who was in the Henry Street area on Tuesday evening, or who saw a person using the HSBC cash machine in Blackburn Road between 8.35pm and 9pm the same night, should contact Acc-rington CID on 353740.
- As the Observer went to press yesterday three men were helping police with their inquiries.