Sep 20 2012 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
A YOUNG mum told this week how she was slashed in the face by a knifeman in a terrifying robbery at a Hamilton lane.
Brave Heather McMillan, of Whitehill, has been left scarred for life after the brute struck her on the face with a blade as she screamed for help.
The 20-year-old was walking through Craighhead lane, near the old Craighead School, Whitehill, at 10pm. She was on her way to met her dad when the mugger pounced in a random attack.
He grabbed her from behind and demanded she hand over her mobile phone.
But plucky Heather refused to give the assailant her mobile and when she screamed for her life, he ripped open her face with the sharp weapon.
The mother-of-one spoke out this week after her 14-year-old friend was a victim of a similar mugging incident last week.
The schoolgirl was walking home from a friend’s house in Burnbank when the attacker pounced at a tunnel leading from Burnbank to Whitehill.
The thug punched the teenager in the face and she suffered a black eye.
He ran off with her mobile phone during the street mugging last Tuesday between 6.30pm and 7pm.
Now Heather wants to let the public know about the incident before the suspect strikes again.
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She told the Advertiser: “I was walking along lane and it was dark, when I heard some rustling, and a man jumped out from behind.
“He wanted me to hand over my mobile phone.
“Because I screamed he cut my face with a sharp object and tried to grab my phone but never managed to get it.
“He only made off with the mobile’s back plastic cover.”
At first Heather didn’t know that she had been slashed in the face by a blade.
She ran home and there she discovered blood pouring from her wounds.
Heather contacted police about the incident which occurred on May 3.
She was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital where she received treatment for her injuries.
Although she didn’t need any stitches in her face, she has a permanent scar on her chin caused by the attack.
The suspect, who was last seen running towards Blantyre, was described as wearing a black padded jacket with a blue zip and white trainers.
Heather added: “I never saw his face because it all happened too fast.
“Then last week my friend was walking through the tunnel from Burnbank to Whitehill and the same thing happened to her.
“We want people in Whitehill to know what occurred to stop it happening to someone else.”
Hamilton police didn’t make any comment on the incidents when contacted by the Advertiser this week.