Knife Held To 74 Year Old's Throat

4 April 2013, 15:24 | Updated: 4 April 2013, 15:29

A 74 year old man has had a knife held to his throat by a robber as he walked with his wife in Luton.

It happened at around 7.45pm as the victim and his wife were walking along an alleyway in Piggotts Lane in Luton. The offender approached the victim form behind, grabbed his hand and then held what is believed to have been a kitchen knife to the victim’s throat. The offender made threats to the victim and demanded that he handed over money. The robber then took the victim’s wallet which contained £55 and ran away.

The offender is described as being a black male, in his late 20s or early 30s, around five feet nine inches tall and of slim build. He was wearing a three quarter length coat made of ‘shiny’ material, blue jeans and a hat.

Detective Constable Mandy Godfree, who is investigating the robbery, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or seen the offender in the area either before or after the robbery.

DC Godfree said: “This was an extremely hideous attack on a man and his wife who had gone out for an evening stroll. Thankfully neither the victim nor his wife were injured during the robbery but this could have been a far more serious incident and we must apprehend the person who committed this offence before he can commit further harm.

“I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Please don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”