A RISHTON man who has been the victim of two violent crimes said staying calm was the only way to get through such incidents.
Andy Seward, 30, was attacked at knifepoint by two hoodies while cycling to work along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal on Mon-day morning.
After pushing him off his bike, one of the men threatened him with a knife and Mr Seward was forced to hand over his rucksack, a mobile phone and his mountain bike.
The attack took place on the canal towpath at Whitebirk behind the Range garden centre. The hoodies then made off towards Rishton.
Mr Seward, of Burton Street, who works as a builder at North West Coach Builders in Black-burn, was shocked by the incident.
He said: "I just kept watching the person with the knife. I didn't want to get hurt."
This was not the first time Mr Seward has been viciously assaulted.
In 1998 he was stabbed in the elbow on Christmas Day at his former home in Blackburn after witnessing a robbery.
That intruder also flicked a knife across Mr Seward's face, leaving a wound which required stitches.
No-one was ever prosecuted for the incident.
Mr Seward said he was scared during both attacks but he would encourage anyone who finds himself in a similar situation to stay calm.
He said: "Just do what they ask you to do and don't try and be a big man. Try and get through it."
He added that his wife Carol, 43, was relieved he was not hurt.
He said: "She was pretty upset but glad I was OK."
Detective Sergeant Jon-athan Holmes said: "At the time of the attack there would have been people in the area, on their way to work, and they may have vital information to assist our inquiries.
"Both of these hooded men will have emerged somewhere between Rish-ton and Whitebirk and I appeal to anyone who saw them to come forward."
The offenders are described as white men in their mid-20s.
The man brandishing a knife was around 5ft 9ins tall and slim. He was wearing a dark hooded top and dark gloves.
The second man was approximately 5ft 6ins tall with a medium build and was also wearing a dark hooded top.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.