94-year-old man slashed with knife in second 'violent' aggravated burglary in Poulton
A 94-year-old man was taken to hospital with knife wounds after an intruder demanded money in a second aggravated burglary in Poulton.
Police were called by the ambulance service to a report a 94-year-old man had been attacked at an address on Wyresdale Avenue shortly after 10.20pm on Sunday (August 16).
The victim was asleep in his home when he woke up to find a man standing over him demanding money.
When the victim refused to hand over any cash the offender slashed the man with a knife before making off from the scene.
The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment where police say he is "currently stable."
Det Insp Steve Harry, of Blackpool Police, said: "This is a deplorable offence, committed against an elderly man in his own home. The level of violence is obscene and extremely concerning and it is only a matter of luck that the victim’s injuries are not more serious.
"It’s hard to imagine a more heartless, cowardly and despicable crime and detectives will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to find those responsible.
"I appeal to anyone with knowledge of the offence or the identity of the offenders to come forward. Even those in or on the periphery of crime cannot surely condone this behaviour and I particularly appeal to the criminal fraternity to call time on this and do what is right."
Officers have confirmed they believe the "deplorable" attack may have been committed by the same person who stabbed an 89-year-old man in Stanley Avenue last Tuesday (August 11).
The victim was at home when the intruder demanded money after entering the property through an unlocked widow shortly before 7.45pm.
The offender then punched the victim, knocking him to the floor, before stabbing him in the neck and arm.
The victim - who sustained "nasty" injuries as a result of the violent attack - handed over cash to the assailant who then made off from the scene.
Police say the man is "recovering well" after being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment following the assault.
Detectives are appealing to anyone with information about Sunday's attack to contact police on 101, quoting log 1738 of August 16.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/