Man in balaclava threatens young Bamber Bridge boy with a knife in after school robbery
A young Bamber Bridge boy has been left terrified after a man in a balaclava threatened to stab him with a knife as he walked home from school.
The mugging happened at around 4pm yesterday (Monday, September 7) as he was returning home from Brownedge St Mary's Catholic High School in Station Road.
After the boy entered an alley between Cooperative Street and Duke Street, he was suddenly confronted by a balaclava-clad man on a bike who brandished a knife.
The man held the boy at knife-point and threatened to stab him unless he handed over his phone and other valuables.
But the brave boy refused and made a dash for the main road, leaving the robber to flee empty-handed.
The boy made his way home safely and his family alerted the police.
Officers are looking for a white, skinny man, aged in his late teens. The boy described the man as wearing a waterproof jacket and black jogging bottoms and said he had been riding an old silver and black mountain bike.
Lancashire Police are appealing to the public for help in identifying him.
A police spokesman said: "We were called at around 4pm on Monday (September 7) to reports a teenage boy had been robbed in Bamber Bridge.
"The boy had been walking between Cooperative Street and Duke Street when he was approached by a man on a bike, who was wearing a balaclava and wielding a knife.
"The man demanded the boy to empty his pockets and hand over his valuables. The boy refused and the man fled empty-handed.
"The man is described as being white, aged in his late teens, of skinny build and wearing a waterproof jacket and black jogging bottoms.
"No arrests have been made as yet but enquiries are very much ongoing and anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 921 of September 7."