Police hunt hotel knife raiders

The Southbank on Albert Road

The Southbank on Albert Road

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POLICE were today hunting knife-wielding robbers who launched a vicious attack on a night porter at a Blackpool hotel.

The thugs struck at the Southbank Hotel on Albert Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

They punched and kicked the victim and also threatened him with a knife.

He was also struck with a bat before he managed to fight his attackers off.

The victim was later taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital suffering from injuries to his face and knee cap.

The robbery took place at around 6.15am when two men entered the hotel through an open door and engaged the porter in conversation.

They then demanded he open the till and the safe before subjecting him to the brutal assault.

The raiders fled with a flat screen TV which was recovered from a nearby garden.