Horror attack on epileptic

Norman Bushell
Norman Bushell
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AN epilepsy sufferer has spoken of the terrifying moment he was attacked by a violent robber.

Norman Bushell, from Bispham, says he is now too frightened to go out in the evening following the vicious attack on Stirling Road in Layton.

Mr Bushell, 55, was punched in the face before the thief grabbed his wallet, containing £100, his Nokia phone and £150 from his pocket.

He said: “I’m still feeling awful, it was quite serious.

“I was on my way home when the man knocked me against a garden wall and punched me right in the eye. He just started belting me and then took my wallet, phone and cash from my pocket.

“I was scared. I was worried it would bring on an epileptic fit, I would have had them all night.

“The police are still investigating, I hope they catch whoever did this to me.”

Mr Bushell, who is on disability allowance, was attacked between 7.30pm and 8pm last Friday on Stirling Road, near to the junction with Mather Street.

He had asked a passer-by to a ring a taxi for him. But instead of helping him, the man turned on vulnerable Mr Bushell before running off after being disturbed by two people who were walking a dog.

Mr Bushell was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he was treated for a swollen face and black eye.

PC Kirstie Jones, of Blackpool Police, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed something to come forward and contact police.

“I am also keen to speak to those two people who were walking a dog who possibly disturbed the offender. They may have got a good look at him and could have information that will assist the investigation.

“Although not seriously hurt, the victim has been left shaken following his ordeal.”

The robber is described as a white male aged between 30 and 40, with black hair. He was wearing a black scarf.

Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool police on (01253) 293933.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.