A man armed with a knife who pushed an 83 year old man to the floor and forced him to hand over cash is being hunted by police.
The attacker knocked on the door of the elderly man's house in Leyland then pushed his way in.
He searched him cutting his hands before forcing him to hand over cash.
The offender is described as a white man, in his late 30s, 6ft tall and heavy build. He spoke with local accent and was wearing a balaclava.
“This is a horrific crime in which a vulnerable old man has been targeted in his own home. He was left very shaken by his ordeal and was taken to Royal Preston hospital for treatment to cuts to his hands. He is being cared for by family and neighbours but it is vital this man is caught and we need the public’s help."
Pupils from a school, destroyed by fire, have returned to lessons. St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland was devastated by the blaze, the night before the new term started. But years 7, 10 and 11 are back learning in undamaged parts of the school.
Pupils from a school in Leyland that was badly damaged by fire are returning to their classes today. 700 children from St Mary's Catholic Technology College will go back to school, but at a different site in Preston. Repair work is underway.
On behalf of all pupils and staff at Leyland St Mary’s I would like to thank the Emergency Services and the local community for their help and support following the fire that occurred on Sunday evening.
We are now working closely with Lancashire County Council and Liverpool Archdiocese to define a full response plan.
Whilst the fire has caused significant damage we are determined to get the school and lessons up and running as soon as possible.
Please can parents make arrangements to keep all pupils at home for the remainder of this week as we have been advised that school will not be accessible.