Simon says he has been left unable to use the limb after the masked attacker slit four ligaments. Father-of-one Simon was walking away from a service station cash point when the sinister clown crept up behind him. Simon, who works as a joiner, grabbed the knife to stop the clown doing any serious harm to his body - but says his fingers “exploded” following the altercation. He was taken to hospital for doctors to try and repair the damage - but Simon says he is now classed as disabled and has been forced to give up his job. Simon, of Blackburn, Lancs., said: “I had never been so petrified in all my life.