A TEENAGER was subjected to a terrifying knife-point robbery as he walked home from school.
The 16-year-old boy was dragged into an alleyway by a couple – who held a knife to his throat after he refused to reveal his mobile phone password.
Now, hundreds of pupils at the teenager’s school, St Mary’s Catholic College, have been warned to be on their guard until the armed robbers are caught.
The dramatic incident unfolded on Onslow Road, in Layton, as the youngster walked home from classes on Thursday afternoon.
The schoolboy was dragged into an alleyway by a man after he told him he did not have a mobile phone on him.
A woman then stole his schoolbag and searched it, before the man searched the boy and discovered his Blackberry phone.
The man then demanded the password to the youngster’s phone – and put a knife to the teenager’s throat when he refused to tell him it.
The attacker began to count down from 10 before the boy handed over the details and the couple – who both had bandanas over their faces – fled down the alleyway towards Linwood Road.
Today, police launched an appeal for information as they try to hunt down the people responsible.
The incident happened between 2pm and 2.20pm on the Layton street (right).
PC Louise Harrison, from Blackpool Police, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time, and who witnessed something, to come forward and contact the police.
“Given the time of day then, plenty of people would have been in the area and I would appeal to them to come forward if they have information or remember witnessing anything suspicious.”
The man is described as between 17 and 19-years-old and around 5ft 10ins tall.
He was wearing a dark waterproof top with the hood up, a bandana over his face and dark- coloured tracksuit bottoms.
His accomplice is described as being a similar age, around 5ft 6ins tall and was also wearing a waterproof top and a bandana that was covering some of her face. She had heavy eyeliner and mascara on.
Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool Police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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