Crimewatch runs appeal to help catch pensioner’s attacker

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A sickening robbery in which a pensioner was knifed and dragged through his home is set to be is to be reconstructed on television in a bid to catch the attacker.

Bill Edmonds, 83, was stabbed in the hands by the masked thug as he tried to fight back at his Leyland home, leaving him covered in blood, in October.

Brave fight: Bill Edmonds, from Leyland

Brave fight: Bill Edmonds, from Leyland

His attacker is still on the loose despite a £3,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers for information.

BBC’s Crimewatch programme will screen an appeal tonight (Thursday).

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “We are determined to catch Bill’s attacker and hope the appeal will generate new lines of inquiry and jog people’s memories.”

Bill, who lives alone, has bad knees and walks with a stick but bravely tried to fight back throughout the attack, which began when he opened his front door to the thug one evening.

The intruder pushed him backwards into the house and onto his wooden stairs.

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

He then climbed onto 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.

Bill, who served in the RAF as an airfield constructor, was then frogmarched up the stairs on his knees with the knife pointed at his neck and forced to watched as the man ransacked his possessions in each room.

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.