A STONE pensioner who was knocked to the ground by a mugger for the sake of just £10, says he is now too frightened to use the pathway where it happened.
Graham Moss, of Manor Rise, was struck on the head from behind by his attacker as he walked a well-trodden path by the Shell Garage on Walton Way.
The 68-year-old said he was unable to get a good sight of the hooded man, as Thursday’s attack happened so quickly. He is also unsure if he was armed.
The attack has left Mr Moss, a Walton resident for more than 30 years, afraid to use the alleyway.
He was on his way to The Star pub opposite Westbridge Park shortly before 10.30pm.
He said: “With the garage being shut at the time there wasn’t much light along the path. The man said ‘give me your money’ but I said I hadn’t got anything.
“I was hit on my left side and my glasses fell off. I had to use my lighter to look for them. Once the man had the £10 he ran, and by the time I got up he had gone.
“I wasn’t terrified at the time you are in a daze while it is going on but a couple of days later you think back on what could have happened.
“I can’t remember anything like this happening before in Walton.” Mr Moss had just the £10 in cash on him at the time but nothing else was stolen from him, he said.
Although he suffered cuts and bleeding he did not need hospital treatment and made it to The Star, where concerned friends and pub staff urged him to call the police.
The offender is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s, and of stocky build. Hewas wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a matching zip-up tracksuit top with the hood up.
Anyone with information should contact DC Dave Rowlands on 101, quoting incident 703 of October 18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.