Lancashire

Blackpool woman, 70, scares armed robber away

A 70-year-old woman managed to scare off an armed robber who forced his way into her home in Blackpool.

The woman answered her door to a masked man who pushed his way in on Horsebridge Road at 21:00 GMT on Thursday.

He threatened the woman with a knife and demanded money, but she was able to activate an emergency alarm that caused him to flee empty handed.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

DC Liam Davy said: "This was a cowardly and disgusting crime committed against an elderly lady inside her own home.

"She offered no resistance at all yet the offender still felt the need to produce a knife to threaten her with."

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