Knife held to Burnley woman’s throat in terrifying attack

Abel Street, Burnley, where the attack took place

Abel Street, Burnley, where the attack took place

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A WOMAN had a knife held to her throat by a robber in the street.

The 27-year-old victim was walking alone in Daneshouse, Burnley, when she was approached by the man who threatened her and demanded her mobile phone. Councillors said the attack had left residents living nearby ‘very, very afraid’ and reluctant to go outside.

The robbery happened as the woman walked in an alley at the back of Abel Street, close to the junction with Violet Street.

The man demanded she hand over her phone, but when she refused, he snatched the Samsung S3 mini from her.

He then ran off in the direction of New Hall Street.

The victim was left with a cut to her neck but did not require medical treatment.

Coun Saeed Chaudhary, who represents the Daneshouse with Stoneyholme ward, said the attack had left residents worried about going out.

“It is dangerous and the community and the people living in that area will be very, very afraid and reluctant to go outside.

“This is ridiculous and very, very sad.

“For the people living in that area, it is very, very concerning.

“Even at night it is a mostly peaceful area and it is mostly Asian people living there.

“But even at night and if you are alone, you should be able to walk and not be afraid.

“People must be terrified.”

Coun Shah Hussain, from the same ward, said he would be frightened to let family members walk alone at night.

He said: “I have got daughters and as a parent, I would be reluctant to send them out.

“It is quite concerning.

“We want the police to have more of a presence within the area to ensure people can go about their activities in a safe manner.”

Mohammad Hussain, manager at the Kashmir Watan Food Store, in Abel Street, said: “It is very shocking to hear about this robbery.

“This is the first time I have heard about something like this happening around here.

“I always look over my shoulder when I am out, but maybe I will do it even more now.”

An investigation into the attack, which happened shortly after 11pm on Thursday has been launched and detectives are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

The suspect was described as being a local man, 6ft tall and medium build. He was wearing a dark coloured waterproof coat.

DC Dave Walker, from Burnley CID, said police were intending to visit the victim again yesterday (MON) evening and that she was ‘doing ok’.

He said: “I would appeal to any witnesses who may have any information in relation to this matter to contact me, DC Dave Walker or DC Matt McGuiness at Burnley CID on 01282 472242 or 101.”

Anybody with information can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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8:57am Tue 25 Feb 14

warren2007 says...

What's wrong with this paper and other organisations his he white Asian black yellow bloody pink it's not racist to say what colour are origins is it expect comment to be deleted for no reason whatsoever
What's wrong with this paper and other organisations his he white Asian black yellow bloody pink it's not racist to say what colour are origins is it expect comment to be deleted for no reason whatsoever warren2007
  • Score: 44

9:54am Tue 25 Feb 14

yyy's1 says...

The 27-year-old woman can take comfort from the fact that when this scum is caught the full weight of the law will come down on him and he can look forward to a conditional discharge.
The 27-year-old woman can take comfort from the fact that when this scum is caught the full weight of the law will come down on him and he can look forward to a conditional discharge. yyy's1
  • Score: 26

10:02am Tue 25 Feb 14

oldblue says...

From the description "local man" are we to assume that he announced that fact to his victim, spoke with a local accent, was wearing a Burnley FC football shirt, or as the incident occurred in the Daneshouse area was in fact Asian in appearance? If so why not state that fact? As the previous correspondent pointed out this is not racist and might in fact help lead to his apprehension. Why so coy about such things, it only adds fuel to suspicions. Grow up.
From the description "local man" are we to assume that he announced that fact to his victim, spoke with a local accent, was wearing a Burnley FC football shirt, or as the incident occurred in the Daneshouse area was in fact Asian in appearance? If so why not state that fact? As the previous correspondent pointed out this is not racist and might in fact help lead to his apprehension. Why so coy about such things, it only adds fuel to suspicions. Grow up. oldblue
  • Score: 38

10:08am Tue 25 Feb 14

trajan says...

So if your a local man, 6ft tall and medium build with a dark coloured waterproof coat don't go out or you will be nicked !!
So if your a local man, 6ft tall and medium build with a dark coloured waterproof coat don't go out or you will be nicked !! trajan
  • Score: 23

11:13am Tue 25 Feb 14

kingbilly says...

so its a peacefull area mainly asians,there are parts of burnley,mainly asian where the police are not even allowed to go,or dare not go,wake up,the racism against white people in this paper get worse by the day,i know there are not many of us left but give us a break
so its a peacefull area mainly asians,there are parts of burnley,mainly asian where the police are not even allowed to go,or dare not go,wake up,the racism against white people in this paper get worse by the day,i know there are not many of us left but give us a break kingbilly
  • Score: 19

2:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Colne, lass says...

Could there be a possible connection here, LT reported on a female burnley resident last weekend who had been robed at knife point and also had a mobile taken????? And yes it would be helpful if LT reported on the race of the suspect!!! After all it may help the police to gain further information and possible arrest!
Could there be a possible connection here, LT reported on a female burnley resident last weekend who had been robed at knife point and also had a mobile taken????? And yes it would be helpful if LT reported on the race of the suspect!!! After all it may help the police to gain further information and possible arrest! Colne, lass
  • Score: 11

4:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

berny55 says...

if other way round, would we see protest marches !!!!!!
if other way round, would we see protest marches !!!!!! berny55
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

ghgfhgf
ghgfhgf BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -2

4:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!!
im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!! BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -2

7:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!!
Any chance of saying that again in a coherent tongue?
[quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!![/p][/quote]Any chance of saying that again in a coherent tongue? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
BURNLEYITE40 wrote:
im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!!
Any chance of saying that again in a coherent tongue?
learn to read,n stop ****,,,,aw i dont use punctuation,so what my point was made and understandable
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BURNLEYITE40[/bold] wrote: im male and know NOT to even use my fone down that area at ANY TIME of day.no she isnt at fault but it did make me laff when its sayin "ITS A SHOCK" BUT WHEN I READ WHO SAID THE STATEMENT nuff sed !!!!!![/p][/quote]Any chance of saying that again in a coherent tongue?[/p][/quote]learn to read,n stop ****,,,,aw i dont use punctuation,so what my point was made and understandable BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -3

12:38am Wed 26 Feb 14

cowabunga says...

Local man ? burnley police hang your heads in shame . I presume you mean local Pakistani male . Burnley police you are not fit to wear the uniform if you cannot describe the offender. Political correction gone MAD
Local man ? burnley police hang your heads in shame . I presume you mean local Pakistani male . Burnley police you are not fit to wear the uniform if you cannot describe the offender. Political correction gone MAD cowabunga
  • Score: 3

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