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Woman Threatened with Knife

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7:03am 7th August 2012

A knifeman has threatened a woman out walking her dog in Bodmin.

It happened on Sunday night on Beacon Road.

She managed to escape when the man in his fifties leapt out brandishing a military-style knife.

A police spokesperson said: "The man is described as white, 5ft 6ins, aged between 50 and 60, with short, greying hair and tanned skin. He was unshaven with a haggard appearance. He may be homeless and sleeping rough. He was wearing jeans, a scruffy khaki jacket and a checked shirt underneath.
"Police would like to hear from anyone in the Beacon area of Bodmin or surrounding estates who may have seen this man or someone with a similar description.
"Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference BB/12/1170, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."


How to Protect Yourself from Attack

Know your limits - You are far more likely to become embroiled in violence, crime or a sexual assault if you have been drinking. Know what your limits are and stick to them, no matter how much others try to persuade you.

Scream and run - Attackers do not want attention. Make as much noise as possible to alert people around you. Think about buying an attack alarm if you are worried. Get away from the attacker. Always run towards other people and busy areas. Do not head for anywhere isolated or down an alley. The attacker will want you to be alone.

Distract - Do something that distracts the attacker to allow you to get away. That might include stamping on their foot or kicking their shins. If you are worried think about having self-defence lessons.

7:03am 7th August 2012

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