A TERRIFIED mum has told of her horror as she was threatened with a knife just yards from her home on New Year’s Day.
Tracey Richardson, 50, was at the junction of Hazel Road and Sycamore Avenue in Knottingley when a man in a black car pulled up beside her and asked for directions.
Mrs Richardson said seconds later the driver flashed a large “hunting knife” at her and demanded she get in the car or he would “slit her throat”.
The mum-of-three told the Express: “I saw a blanket or coat on the passenger seat and he pulled it and back and there was a great big knife, like a hunting knife with teeth.
“He said: ‘Get in the car or I will slit your throat’, and with that I was off.”
Mrs Richardson was walking home alone from Booze Buster on Pinewood Place at around 6.50pm when the incident occurred.
She said: “I felt sick and my head was swimming.
“I’ve lived here 19 years and I’ve never thought twice about going to the shop but I don’t do it now.
“As soon as dusk comes I’m inside. I won’t go out in the dark now, it’s going to take a long time to get over it.”
Mrs Richardson, who is a full-time carer, said she had suffered since the attack.
She said: “It was awful, every time I shut my eyes I see the knife. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I keep bursting into tears. It’s knocked me for six. The chances of it happening again are thousands to one, but once it’s happened to you, you’re aware of it.”
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident and have stepped up patrols in the area.
Insp Richard Sullivan of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said: “It is important we establish who this man is and I would like to speak to anyone who may have information about this incident. We are carrying out regular patrols in the area as well as conducting various enquiries in order to identify this man.
“The victim was uninjured, but she should not have been subjected to this threat whilst walking through the town.”
The suspect is described as Asian, in his early 20s with short dark hair, clean shaven and wearing a grey coloured top.
He was driving a small black car with beads dangling from the rear view mirror.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.