A 66 year-old woman was left with a pen embedded in her flesh after a disagreement on a coach descended into violence.

Pensioner Cynthia Bell, who is from Durham, had an altercation with a man after he boarded a coach owned by her husband’s coach company, which was the coach park at Seasiders Way in Blackpool. The man refused to leave the coach when asked and when he attempted to fiddle with the vehicle’s controls, Mrs Bell intervened.

The pen was left embedded in Cynthia Bell's arm

The pen was left embedded in Cynthia Bell’s arm

It was at this point, at about 5pm on 24th August, that the man stabbed Mrs Bell with “significant force” in the arm with a pen, leaving it embedded in her flesh.

Lancashire Police have said that Mrs Bell was fortunate to escape sustaining a serious loss of blood or permanent nerve damage. They are now seeking to identify the attacker who is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 6ft in height, of a stocky build with short, dark hair.

There were two women with the offender whom the police would also like to trace. The first is a white woman who walked with a limp. She was wearing a pink top which had a floral print and had a pram with her. The second woman is blonde with a tattoo on the right-hand side of her lower stomach; she was wearing a cream jumper.

Police say Mrs Bell was stabbed with "significant force"

Police say Mrs Bell was stabbed with “significant force”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 6857 Danny Morris or DS 3370 Mark Dickinson on 101 and quote log number 0979 of 24 August 2014.