Knife point robbery victim says city is a ‘cesspit’

Richard Sandon of Woodston, who has been attacked on two occasions EMN-150610-232708009

Richard Sandon of Woodston, who has been attacked on two occasions EMN-150610-232708009

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A Peterborough RAF veteran has said he feels like a prisoner in his home after being the victim of a knife point robbery - just months after suffering severe injuries in an assault.

Richard Sandon (53) was left with a smashed right arm in February this year after a thug pushed him from his mobility scooter and kicked him on the ground on a riverside path in the city.

Now Mr Sandon, who served in the RAF for 17 years, has become the victim of a knife point robbery at his own home.

After the latest incident he described Peterborough as a ‘cesspit’ because of the amount of crime in the area.

The incident happened at about 9.30pm on September 13, when he said two men waited for him outside his home in Vaughan Way, Woodston, and forced him to go to a cash point at the BP garage on Oundle Road and withdraw money.

When he was unable to take the money out, he was taken back to his home, where he said the men pushed their way in, with one of them stealing an iPad.

He says they also threw a bottle at him in the street.

Now Mr Sandon said he was scared to go out, and was looking to move away from Woodston.

He said: “After the latest incident I have had a police panic alarm installed at my home, so if anything happens they can come straight away.

“The police said I could go into a hotel afterwards, but I would have had to put my dog, Blue, into a kennels. He is a rescue dog so I don’t know if he could cope.

“My health isn’t great, and I feel like I am a prisoner in my own home. I feel like I can’t go out.

“When you are looking for a policeman, you can never find one unless there is a football match going on. I found a wallet on Oundle Road, and I could not find a policeman. Because of my scooter I could not get to Thorpe Wood Police Station, and Bridge Street is not open as much any more.

“It was a couple of days before I saw an officer.

“There is so much crime here. It is like a cesspit. It is lawless.

I am looking to move out of Woodston into sheltered accommodation.”

Mr Sandon needed a number of operations following the February incident, and has only regained 84 per cent of use in his arm. His arm needed seven screws and two plates inserted.

Following the latest incident, he also developed a stutter.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said one man had been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the September 13 incident. He has been bailed until October 10.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridgeshire police on 101.