A 48-year-old man is too scared to return home after he was forced to run for his life when teens threatened him with a ”blade’.
The alleged incident took place in Victoria Park at around 4:30am this morning (July 1).
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous because of fear of his attackers tracking him down, has lived in the area for years and his children use the park.
But he is now too frightened to return to the area and will get a taxi home tonight to avoid walking through the park.
During the early hours of this morning, three teenagers surrounded the man, who was walking to work, asking for money, One of them flashed either a blade or a screwdrver.
“I just ran for my life,” said the man.
“They chased me as I ran out of the park to St Luke’s Road, they only stopped when a car appeared.
“They looked like they were aged about 16 or 17.
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“I’m still in shock. I’ve taught my kids to always run away from knives, I never thought it would be me that needed the advice.
“I want to make sure people know about what happened, I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.
“I’m quite a strong, big man and I had to run for my life from kiddies.
“I’ve travelled all over the world and been to some quite dangerous places and never had anything like this. I don’t feel safe returning home.”
Detectives have now launched a major investigation into the incident.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “A man called police at 3.12pm on Monday 1 July reporting an attempted robbery which happened in Victoria Park, Bristol, at about 4.30am.
“The 48-year-old told police he was surrounded by three teenage boys on bikes as he walked through the park. He said they asked him for money and he believed one had a knife. He was able to run from area.
“Nothing was stolen and he was not hurt.
“He has described the boys as being aged 16 or 17. One was white and two were black. Two were riding on yellow bikes.
“If you can help the police investigation get in touch through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5219148538.
“Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. “