A care worker has spoken of her terror after a would-be robber threatened her with a knife as she visited a patient in Leyland.
The 35-year-old woman was calling at an elderly man’s home, in the Arundel Way area of the town, when she was approached by a man on the doorstep.
He demanded she hand over her bag and then produced a knife.
The robber pointed the blade at her, and told the frightened agency worker to hand over her keys, but she refused and screamed. The man ran off towards Bent Lane.
The woman, who is from the Leyland area, was left shaken but unhurt.
Bosses at the care agency have given her time off work to recover from her ordeal.
The care worker, who asked not to be named, said the incident had left her frightened to do the job she has enjoyed for many years.
She said: “I was going to the house when this guy just appeared at the side of me.
“He said, ‘Give me your bag’ and I said I didn’t have one.
“Then he said, ‘Give me your keys’ and swore, and that’s when he pulled out a knife.
“When I screamed, the man ran off. I think it must have shocked him.
“It has frightened the life out of me.”
Police are appealing for information following the incident, which happened at around 7.55pm on Monday, January 2.
A spokesperson for Leyland police said: “This is an extremely rare incident to happen which we are taking very seriously.
“Enquiries are ongoing at this stage and we are carrying out neighbourhood reassurance visits and patrols.
“We are also carrying out house to hosue enquiries to track the person responsible.
Det Con Dave Johnson, of South Ribble CID, said: “It is concerning. We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.”
The would-be robber is described as a white male around 5ft 10in with a slim build.
He was in his late teens or early 20s with “striking” blue eyes.
He was wearing a grey hooded top with a Nike ‘tick’ logo on the front, with dark grey jogging bottoms and bright, white trainers.
He had part of his top oscuring the lower part of his face and is desribed as having a high pitched voice in a local accent.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.