Bill battles with armed burglar

An elderly man has told how he battled a knife-wielding burglar in a horrific attack at his Leyland home.

Brave Bill Edmonds, 83, was cut on the hands by the masked thug as he courageously tried to fight back, leaving him covered in blood.

Robbery victim Bill Edmonds, 83, from Leyland

Robbery victim Bill Edmonds, 83, from Leyland

The plucky pensioner, who has lived in the 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 thief at 8.30pm last Tuesday.

The intruder pushed him backwards into the house and pushed him on to his stairs.

As he tried to get up, the burglar dragged him by his ankles face down into his lounge and demanded cash.

He then climbed on to 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 forced up the stairs on his knees with the knife pointed at his neck and had to watch as the burglar ransacked his possessions.

The ex-Leyland Motors engineer said: “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.”

Bill phoned a neighbour who took him to hospital.

DC Karen Johnson, of Leyland police, said: “We would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Wellington Avenue area to call us on 101.”