An elderly man today told how he courageously fought a knife wielding burglar in a horrific attack at his home.
Brave Bill Edmonds, 83, was stabbed in his hands by the masked thug as he tried to fight back at his Leyland home, leaving him covered in blood.
The plucky pensioner, who has lived in his house all his life, said: “‘Keep alive’ is all I could think.”
Bill, who lives alone, has bad knees and walks with a stick but tried to fight back throughout the attack, which began when he opened his front door to the thug at 8.30pm on Tuesday.
The intruder pushed him backwards into the house and pushed him onto his wooden stairs.
As he tried to get up the balaclava clad burglar dragged him by his ankles face down into his lounge and demanded cash.
He then climbed onto him and attacked him while he was still face down on the floor - kicking him in his ribs and elbowing him in the eye.
The pensioner’s hands were slashed with a knife as he tried desperately to defend himself and crawl away from the burglar.
Bill told his attacker that his wallet was upstairs.
The pensioner, who served in the RAF as an airfield constructor, was frogmarched up the stairs on his knees with the knife pointed at his neck and forced to watched as the burglar ransacked his possessions in each room.
Today the retired Leyland motors engineer, said: “I answered the door and forgot to put my chain on. He pushed me backwards and I fell on my stairs.
“I tried to fight back to defend by home. He dragged me into the lounge and knelt on me.
The brave pensioner smiled as he added: “He was powerful but I think I was getting the better of him and he was getting madder and madder.
“Then he pulled a knife out. I tried to crawl away but I couldn’t. He kicked me in the ribs and said: “‘Where’s your money?’
“He threw me on the stairs again and I went up on my knees. He took me in the bedroom and started being rough again so I told him where my shopping money was.
“I told him: ‘The money’s in there if that’s what you want, now on your way’ and he ran out.
“I used my walking stick to get up off the floor and came downstairs.”
The burglar left Bill bleeding and badly bruised.
The shaken pensioner telephoned a neighbour who took him to hospital and police were called.
DC Karen Johnson of Leyland Police, said: “Bill is a lovely man who was horrifically assaulted in his own home - the one place where he should feel safe.
“He is putting on a brave face but is very shaken. We would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Wellington Avenue area of Leyland to contact us.”
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.