Pensioner stabbed with pen in Blackpool

Police are investigating a serious incident in-which a woman was stabbed with a pen on a coach.

The incident happened on Sunday 24th August when the victim Mrs Cynthia Bell from Durham was in the coach park on Seasiders Way, near to Chapel Street Bridge, assisting with her husband’s coach firm when a man has entered a coach and refused to leave.

As Mrs Bell went to stop the man tampering with the controls around the driver’s seat, he has then grabbed a pen from the dashboard and stabbed her in the arm. He then ran off the coach, heading down the sloping path onto Chapel Street.

DS Mark Dickinson from Blackpool CID said, “As you can see from Mrs Bell’s photograph, significant force must have been used by offender who stabbed her. She was lucky to have escaped without serious blood loss or any nerve damage.

“We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry including CCTV and forensic opportunities. I am particularly keen to identify and speak with two young women who were with the offender and I would ask them, or anyone who recognises them from their descriptions, to contact me as soon as possible.”

The offender is described as a white male, 6ft, of a stocky build in his late teens or early twenties with short dark hair.

The young women who were with the man are described as:
1) White female wearing a pink top with a floral pattern, with a pram or pushchair. She walked with a limp.

2) White female with blonde hair, wearing a cream jumper. She had a tattoo on the right side of her lower stomach on display.

Anyone with information please contact either PC 6857 Danny Morris or DS 3370 Mark Dickinson on 101 quoting log number 0979 of 24 August 2014.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.