Knife thug threat­ened to ‘slice my dog to rib­bons’

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ABUS driver has de­scribed the ter­ri­fy­ing mo­ment a motorbike thug threat­ened to slice his dog ‘to rib­bons’ with a hunt­ing knife as he was robbed in a park.

Tim Ha­zle­hurst was walk­ing in Stam­ford Park, Staly­bridge, on Sunday night, when he was con­fronted by the knife-wield­ing rob­ber.

He says the mo­tor­cy­clist ini­tially ap­proached him to ask for the time and caught sight of his ex­pen­sive Tag Heuer, be­fore driv­ing off.

The 49-year-old says the thug then re­turned and pointed a knife at him be­fore chas­ing him and threat­en­ing to kill his dog, Buddy.

The rob­ber then fled with Tim’s £1,200 watch and his phone.

The school bus driver said: “I was walk­ing through the park af­ter go­ing for a pint. No one was around and I heard a motorbike com­ing.

“I moved to the side and the rider said ‘what time is it?’

“I looked at my watch and told him the time, then thought noth­ing of it. Then he went away.”

To his hor­ror, the mo­tor­cy­clist re­turned to block Tim’s path, then reached into his pocket for a hunt­ing knife.

When he re­turned Tim says he seemed ‘con­fused’, ‘fran­tic’ and ‘ag­i­tated.’

Tim ran for his life, but when he got to the bot­tom of the park, he hit the floor, and turned to see the yob was hold­ing a blade to his dog.

“He said: ‘I’m go­ing to kill your dog, I’m go­ing to cut him to rib­bons’, as he held on to him. I thought he was go­ing to stab me.”

He says the man de­manded Tim hand over his pos­ses­sions.

The man then sped away, leav­ing Tim on the floor with his cocker spaniel. The vic­tim says he stag­gered to a nearby pub with his arm pour­ing with blood. Tim said: “I have been pretty shaken up. It’s hor­rific that some­one can do that to a dog. If that was a pen­sioner, what could have hap­pened? It’s trau­ma­tis­ing.”

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances around this in­ci­dent.”

Call po­lice on 101 if you have any in­for­ma­tion.

Tim Ha­zle­hurst was walk­ing his dog in the park when he was threat­ened by a man on a motorbike wield­ing a knife

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