A woman had a knife held to her throat and was sexually assaulted during a terrifying robbery in an underpass near Lancaster city centre.
The 25-year-old had crossed the Millennium Bridge in the direction of Lune Street on her way home and had entered the underpass below Greyhound Bridge when the two robbers pounced.
One of the two men, who the woman had seen immediately before sat on a bench by the underpass, grabbed her from behind and pushed her against the wall, causing her to bang her head.
She was then held with a knife to her throat whilst the second man removed a £2,000 limited edition Cartier Tank Francaise steel watch and a £1,500 engagement ring from her left hand and wrist followed by her large brown £800 Prada deer skin bag.
During her ordeal, which happened at around 10.40pm on Saturday, October 6, the woman was sexually assaulted and suffered scratch marks to her face and upper body.
As well as the bag, black Prada sunglasses worth £800 and around £235 in cash were also stolen.
It is believed the men were disturbed by the headlights of a taxi that was travelling down Lune Street towards the underpass. Some items from the woman’s handbag were discarded as her assailants made their escape.
Det Sgt Mark Stephens, from Lancaster and Morecambe CID, said: “This is a particularly violent incident against a lone woman and she has understandably been left traumatised by what has happened.
“We know that there were a number of people walking over the Millennium Bridge immediately prior to the offence and I’d ask these people contact to the police.
“I’d reassure people that we are doing everything possible to find the men responsible and have stepped up patrols in the area.”