A bus driver, brutally smashed over the head with half a house brick, says he will no longer risk his life by walking to work.
The father-of-one, 28, was walking along Seasiders Way, Blackpool, at 4.35am on Monday, June 3 when a thug ran up behind him and hit him with the brick, knocking him unconscious.
When he came around, the hooded man was standing over him and demanded his mobile phone.
Still recovering from the frightening ordeal, the victim, who The Gazette has agreed to name only as James, a bus driver for seven years, said: “One thing I definitely remember is how deflated he looked when I told him I didn’t have a mobile phone – literally like that was what he was after and by not having one it put an end to the whole incident. He had a rifle through my bag, took out what he could find and left.
“It was very strange as he didn’t seem to know what he was doing.”
James, of South Shore, went into work as usual, where his supervisor called the police and an ambulance.
He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment for bruising to his head and face.
“I felt dizzy for a few days later, and it’s still tender to touch,” he said. “I am not risking my life by walking to work again, it’s not worth it.
“I have a daughter and another child on the way and if I had died there would be no-one to provide for them and my partner.”
Police are hunting for the man responsible and have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to. Call 101 if you have any information.