Youths mugged a grandad hours after his mum had died. They demanded the man give them everything he had as he walked through Mercer Park in Clayton-le-Moors.
Fortunately a car passed the area at around 1am on June 18 which eventually caused the group to dart off because they thought it was police.
The victim, a 52-year-old grandad-of-two and landscape gardener who doesn't want to be named, said: "I had been drinking for a little while because my mum had died that day.
When I was on my way home four young lads came at me and one asked me for £1. I said no but then another lad said give us everything you have got in your pockets. Luckily a car appeared and they thought it was the police so ran off.
"They then realised it wasn't and came back so I waved to the car as they nearly attacked me which luckily saw them on their way. If the car hadn't come it could have got nasty.
He added: "I was angry more than anything because of the timing of it. The day after I thought what could have happened so warned my neighbours. What they are doing out at that time I don't know. It's annoying when you can't walk home safely."
A Lancashire Constabulary Police spokeswoman said: "We had a call at 12.50am on June 18 from a man who wanted us to find the teenagers who'd tried to mug him and speak to them. We responded straight away by sending a patrol out to the area.
"After finding the four lads they ran and we caught up with two of them. As it was reported as suspicious circumstances and not a crime we had a word with them. No arrests were made."