Pensioner is robbed at knifepoint by hooded attacker in Stone
POLICE are hunting a mugger who hit a pensioner over the head before robbing him at knifepoint.
The 68-year-old was attacked from behind while walking down an unlit path on his way into a town centre.
The attack happened just before 10.30pm on Thursday.
The elderly man was walking along Walton Way, in Stone, when he was struck.
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Neighbours said they heard the victim was held at knifepoint and robbed of just £10 before the attacker fled.
Unemployed John Morris, aged 51, of Walton Way said: "It is shocking for this to happen.
"My wife told me that there had been a mugging but it is a very popular cut through and you wouldn't expect any trouble there.
"We have only lived here for 12 months but it does make you worry."
The attack happened on a short path at the end of The Lamb Inn car park.
It leads to the side of a Shell garage which is currently closed for renovation.
Mr Morris said: "The path is usually quite well lit but with the garage being shut it would have been very dark at that time of night.
"It must have given him a massive shock – you can't believe that this would happen."
The victim suffered minor injuries to his face and head but didn't need to go to hospital.
It is understand that he was shaken by the ordeal but is recovering.
Police are now checking CCTV cameras in the area to try and catch the offender.
Andy Smith, aged 44, manger of The Lamb Inn, said: "The man drinks in here quite regularly and is very popular in the area.
"I have seen him since the attack and he is obviously very shaken by what has happened.
"If we had seen anything we would have gone out to help him but the first we knew of it was when the police arrived in the morning to check our CCTV.
"The mugger demanded money from him and I think took a small amount.
"It is a terrible thing to happen."
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his late teens to early 20s, and is said to be of stocky build.
He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a matching grey zip-up tracksuit top with the hood up.
Lynn Holden, aged 64, from Walton Way, said the area was generally a safe place.
She said: "That path is a very popular cut through into the town and a lot of people use it.
"It is a real shock for this to happen because it is a safe neighbourhood.
"I think it is awful that they have targeted someone in their late 60s and used violence."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "The victim was approached from behind and hit on the head causing him to fall.
"The offender threatened the man and a small quantity of cash was handed over."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS Dave Rowlands at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 703 of October 18. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.