A German man who was robbed at knifepoint says there is “good in Wrexham”, despite his terrifying ordeal.
Glyndwr University student Josef Stucker was walking in Chapel Street, Wrexham, after spending the evening at his friend’s house in Talbot Street celebrating the end of a hard exam.
But on his way home to Brook Street, at about 1am, Saige Floyd Hughes, 19, held a kitchen knife to Mr Stucker’s throat and robbed him of his wallet, which contained £80, his house key and his passport.
Horrified by the incident the Joe Clarke Project (JCP), which sponsors Wrexham FC player Joe Clarke and also publishes a fanzine, decided to show Mr Stucker, 25, that Wrexham was not a bad place.
The project invited Mr Stucker to The Racecourse to watch the the Reds play Hereford last night, in an evening which included full hospitality.
Project member Alan Williams said: “At the JCP we thought that what happened to Josef reflected badly on us as a community.
“Visitors to our town should be able to walk the streets without fear.
“We are delighted that Mr Stucker accepted our offer to be the guest of the Joe Clarke Project.
“We hope he enjoyed the game and understands that Wrexham is a great place to live.”
Mr Stucker was not hurt in the attack on January 15 but at the time he said it had left a dark cloud over Wrexham’s student population and that he was afraid to go out at night.
But he was overwhelmed by the JCP offer and the support he has had from the people of Wrexham since the attack. He said: “It is really great that I have been able to have this opportunity and I am very grateful for it.
“This shows that the people of Wrexham do really care about me and what happens in their town.
“The people at the football club and at the university have been brilliant since it happened and it now feels like it never happened and I am welcome here.
“There is good in Wrexham and this shows it.”
l Saige Floyd Hughes received 27 months’ youth custody after he admitted robbery.