Reward in thug hunt

May Lawrenson was robbed in her own home by knifepoint in Fleetwood.
May Lawrenson was robbed in her own home by knifepoint in Fleetwood.

A FRESH appeal has been launched to catch a robber who threatened a terrified pensioner with a knife in her home last year.

This time a £3,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help.

The crime occurred back in November, but a police appeal at the time drew a complete blank.

The man burst into May Lawrenson’s Wyre Street home in Fleetwood and threatened her with the weapon until the terrified 74-year-old handed over £200.

Since the frightening incident, on November 14, police have been unable to track down the knifeman.

The large reward has been put up by the charity, Crimestoppers.

Gary Murray, the charity’s regional manager for the North West, said: “This elderly lady has been left shaken and in fear since this incident.

“With the help of the public giving information to Crimestoppers anonymously this man can be arrested which would give some hope in assisting this lady in her recovery. Anyone can help by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Miss Lawrenson, who suffers from arthritis, was in her bedroom when she was confronted by the robber. She stood up but was pushed back three times, eventually falling on to the bed. The plucky pensioner tried in vain to fight her attacker off with a walking stick.

She said after the attack: “He wanted to know where my money was. All the time he was waving this knife.” The robber is described as white and having a thin face. He was possibly in his teens.