Woman, 76, robbed at knifepoint

Whalley New Road, Blackburn. Picture: Google
Whalley New Road, Blackburn. Picture: Google
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A pensioner has been robbed at knifepoint in Blackburn.

Police were called at about 6.10am on Saturday (February 11) following reports of an incident in Whalley New Road.

A 76-year-old woman was making her way to work about 6am when she was approached from behind by a man.

The offender asked for her bag and the victim refused. The man asked again and produced a penknife.

The 76-year-old woman refused again with the man using the knife to cut the handbag strap, taking £30 and a mobile phone.

The man then made off from the scene towards Pearl Street.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, of slim build and clean shaven. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark grey tracksuit bottoms and a dark coloured scarf.

Officers believe the crime could be linked to an incident on February 3 in Whalley New Road where Roe Lee Newsagents was robbed.

At about 7.10am, a man walked inside the store threatening the 47-year-old male shopkeeper.

He was carrying two knives and wearing a mask. The man made off with cigarettes, cash and three mobile phones

Detectives are appealing for information following both offences.

Det Sgt Bryony Midgley, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a shocking robbery which has left the victim understandably very shaken and upset.

“We are appealing for witnesses and would ask anyone with information which may assist our enquiries to contact police.

“We believe this incident was linked to a second crime committed earlier this month. Again, if you can help us or recognise the man involved, call immediately.”

Anyone with information about the newsagents robbery can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference ED1701809.

If you can help with our investigation into the robbery of the 76-year-old woman, please call 101 quoting crime reference ED1702266.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.