A robbery victim has revealed he is still undergoing treatment four months after he was knifed twice in the hand during a street robbery.
Terrence McMahon, 41, was making the short walk from his Kirkham home to a nearby Chinese takeaway when he was dragged into a dark alleyway by one of his attackers.
He told how he was left terrified by the ordeal after finding himself surrounded by three men who demanded cash, with one saying: “Give us the money or you’re getting it.”
Despite being cornered in the alleyway, off Marsden Street in Kirkham, Mr McMahon at first refused to cooperate – only for his attacker to pull out a five-inch kitchen knife.
After handing over £180 in cash, the robber continued to threaten him, jabbing the knife towards Mr McMahon’s face and trying to slash his throat.
He needed stitches to his left hand, where he was twice slashed as he tried to protect himself against the vicious attack.
The three men who attacked him have never been caught.
“I’m still a bit shaky, nearly four months on,” said the construction worker whose injuries have cost him time off work.
“I don’t really get out much at the moment.
“This year was the first year since I was a kid that I didn’t go to the Kirkham Open Day. I just avoided it, because the whole thing still plays on my mind.”
Terrence suffered two slash wounds as he tried to defend himself from one of the men wielding a five-inch knife.
“I’m nowhere near right yet,” he added.
“I’m still struggling to move my thumb properly.
“I’ve just had a scan this week and they think the tendons are damaged.
“I’m on tablets to help me sleep, but they affect me during the day as well.
“People who do this sort of thing don’t realise what it does to victims.”