Stone man feared mugger would slit his throat in alleyway
MUGGING victim Graham Moss has told how he feared he was going to die after being hit over the head and robbed at knifepoint in a dark alleyway.
The 68-year-old was attacked from behind as he walked along an unlit path to the pub.
Police are still hunting the robber who escaped with just £10 following the mugging off Walton Way, in Stone.
Retired roofer Graham, of Manor Rise, Stone, said: "I was walking to The Star pub in the alley behind The Lamb Inn.
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"Out of nowhere, someone hit me hard across the back of the head and I fell to the floor.
"I don't know what he hit me with but it hurt like hell.
"My glasses fell off so I couldn't see who was attacking me but he was holding a knife to my neck.
"He kept saying 'give me your money' but I didn't want to.
"I told him I didn't have anything but he kept shouting and holding the knife to my throat.
"I thought that was it – that he was going to slit my throat unless I handed something over so I gave him £10 I had just withdrawn.
"After he had my money he ran off and left me."
Graham used his lighter to find his glasses before walking to The Star.
He said: "When I walked in, everyone looked at me. They said 'you look as white as a ghost, what happened?' and I told them. They couldn't believe it.
"The landlord persuaded me to ring the police and I waited in the pub until they came to me."
The attack at 9.40pm on Thursday has left Graham too frightened to use the alley.
He added: "I still feel shaken by it. You don't expect it around here, it's not the sort of thing that normally happens.
"From now on I'm just going to have to walk in well-lit areas at night, but I'd be happier knowing the person who did this was locked up."
Police have seized Graham's clothes to see if forensics officers can find traces of the robber.
The mugger is white, in his late teens to early 20s and of stocky build. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a matching grey zip-up tracksuit top with the hood up at the time of the attack.
A police spokesman said: "The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and head but didn't need to go to hospital."
Witnesses should call police on 101.