Susanna Reid opens up about near-death knife attack as she backs charity cause

Susanna Reid has opened up about her near-death experience as she faced a knife attack when a young man mugged her.

The Good Morning Britain host has decided to back a Premier League club's bid to reduce knife crime following her own life-threatening incident which she was lucky to escape.

The Crystal Palace fan is a patron to the club's official charity, the Palace For Life Foundation.

Speaking at an event at Selhurst Park, Susanna said: "I feel particularly affected and touched and moved to support the work that is being done to tackle knife crime.

"And my heart breaks for anybody who has been affected.

"I've got three teenage boys. And we know it's hard to find a group of teenagers in South London who are not affected in some way by knife crime."

The charity aims to keep 300 young people away from crime and gangs by giving one-to-one mentoring over the next three years.

The 50-year-old journalist had a lucky escape after she faced being mugged 25 years ago.

Susanne recalled: "25 years ago, I was walking through South London.

"I had just taken a load of cash out of a cash machine to go out for a night out and a young lad came up to me and got my bag off me.

"And as he ran away, I ran after him. And in fact, he dropped my bag, he took the money."

Susanna went on: “But I looked down at the bag, and at my coat. And there was a knife slash across my body, through my clothes and through my bag.

"But it had not touched my skin. I was lucky."

The GMB star explained how she wishes someone had helped that young person all those years ago "before they [kids] think that that's okay."

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