A MUM has spoken of her horror after her son was stabbed with a knife during an attempted robbery.

The victim had caught a late-night train home to Burnham before being attacked at the railway station on Monday night.

His attacker tried to grab his bag and then stabbed him in the arm.

The 20-year-old victim managed to escape from his attacker and run home following the vicious assault.

Mum-of-five Kim Nicholls, 50, was woken up in the middle of the night when her son came back to their house covered in blood.

Mrs Nicholls, who does not want to name her son, said: “He got the last train to Burnham and walked up the stairs at the station.

“He had his earphones in so he must have been in his own little world.

“As he was about to turn left to go down Maldon Road, he heard a voice behind him say ‘Give me your bag’.

“He wrestled him off and ran for about six or seven minutes all the way home.

“It was awful. He woke me up and said ‘Mum, could you come in here’ and we saw he was covered in blood.

“We were trying to figure out if it was scratches, but we discovered he had been stabbed two times in his arm.”

She rang the police who arrived 45 minutes later and logged the incident before the family went to the hospital to glue the victim’s wounds.

His mother said: “I would say it’s a knife attack - certainly looks like it. I’m 100 per cent sure.

“The police say they are checking the CCTV to see if the attacker had got off the train.

“There’s just so much crime around here it is ridiculous.

“My son is very shaken up. He has lost a day of work because of this.

“I just feel a bit numb. You always think this kind of thing happens to someone else.”

Police said they were called just after 12.10am on Tuesday after reports of an attempted robbery at Burnham railway station.

A police spokesman said: “The victim ran off and the suspect left the scene empty-handed.

“The victim suffered cuts to his arms from an unknown weapon and was later taken to hospital for treatment.”

Burnham Mayor Wendy Stamp condemned the attack and said she was shocked by what happened.

Mrs Stamp said: “I wish to send my best wishes to the gentleman who suffered in this unprovoked attack.

“I am so sorry and shocked it happened in our lovely town.

“I will be meeting with Chief Insp Gerry Parker soon to ask him what strategies, initiatives and plans for additional policing he can offer us.

“Crime is rising in Burnham and something needs to be done.

“A large number of residents feel we are easy targets due to police station closures and the lack of a visual police presence which I totally agree with.

“Yet again I will be asking for a police hub based in Burnham at the very least.

“Police commissioner Roger Hirst has increased our council tax substantially over two years – we need to see where our money has been spent locally, not just in higher-crime areas.

“Personally, if Burnham Town Council did not pay for our amazing community protection officers, I dread to think what Burnham would be like.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 8 of Tuesday, May 21.