A MAN was held up at knifepoint by masked men outside a Wrexham bookmaker’s.
The worker was locking up at Corbett Sports in Caia Park when three attackers with their faces concealed pounced, brandishing knives, on Wednesday night.
The men unsuccessfully tried to force their way into the shop at closing time before making a getaway.
Paula Collins, manager of the Prince Charles Road shop, said the victim – who wishes to remain anonymous – was closing up when it happened.
She said: “Three people were waiting under the bushes and they attacked him when he came out and two of them had knives.”
And Mrs Collins said the attack has left workers at the shop worried for their safety.
“It could have been me last night, it could have been any one of us.
“It was just scumbags.”
Mrs Collins, 52, said the attackers were not able to gain entry to the shop, but instead made their getaway in the victim’s car.
She added: “They did tell him to open the door (to the shop) but when one of them hit him the key snapped, then they stole his car.
“The car was worth more than what was in here.”
North Wales Police are appealing for anyone with more information about the attack to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Eleri Thomas at Wrexham CID said: “At about 9pm last night (Wednesday), a local man in his 20s was attacked as the store was closing by three men who were brandishing what we believe to be knife type weapons.
“The victim sustained minor injuries.
“The offenders are described as wearing dark clothing and their faces were concealed.
“They made off from the scene in a blue Vauxhall Astra.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting the reference P179431.