Pensioner stabbed during Alton robbery

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A PENSIONER was stabbed after he was told to hand over money in Alton.

The 67-year-old victim was at the junction of Greenfields Avenue and Old Odiham Road after leaving the Eight Bells pub after 10pm yesterday when he was approached by a man with a knife demanding cash.

A struggle took place between attacker and the victim, who was then stabbed in the abdomen.

The offender made off from the scene on foot although it is not know which direction he went.

Nothing was stolen.

The suspect was in his 20s, tall and thin and wore dark clothing and a hooded anorak.

The victim was initially taken to Frimley Park Hospital, but was later transferred to St George’s Hospital in Tooting for surgery.

Detective Inspector Simon Baker said: ‘It is not yet clear if the offender is the same man who was seen loitering outside Robin’s Nest.

‘Did you see this man, or do you know who this was?

‘Perhaps he was innocently stood there waiting for someone and isn’t connected to this incident at all? If you have any information about this person, then please get in touch.

‘The victim is still in hospital and is in a stable condition. Did you witness this incident, did you see a man running away from the scene, or do you think you might know who is responsible? I would urge anyone with information to contact us a soon as possible.

‘We’ll have our local neighbourhood officers out and about in the area today, and they will be happy to discuss any concerns with members of the community. If you do have information, please get in touch and help is find this person.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Major Crime at Whitchurch Police Station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.