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'Gang of thugs' attack Jade Jones' dad at Flint pub

Published date: 12 August 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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THE family of Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones has been subjected to a campaign of violence and threats, with the taekwondo star’s father being beaten up in a pub.

Gary Jones now says his family no longer feel safe in their own home.

Mr Jones, 42, was attacked by a group of men in the Welsh Harp Hotel on Prince of Wales Avenue, Flint, on August 3, and needed hospital treatment.

His scrap metal business has also been targeted, with the tyres on his work van slashed and its windows smashed with bricks, leaving him with a £700 repair bill as well as loss of earnings.

He also claims to have received threatening phone calls compromising the security of a house in the area owned by Jade, 21, who won gold at London 2012.

But Mr Jones told the Leader his family refused to be intimidated.

“I have received phone calls telling me Jade’s house is going to get it,” Mr Jones said.

“We are being threatened, but we are a strong family and won’t be bullied.

“The people responsible are just a gang of thugs and the town needs to stand up to them.

“I didn’t do anything to anyone and now my family is at the centre of a storm.

“We don’t feel safe in our own home.”

Mr Jones was attacked by what he estimates was a gang of nine men who left him unconscious on the floor of the pub.

Customers helped to bring him round after he was out for about six minutes.

He suffered injuries including black eyes and bruised ribs and has been off work for a week while he recovers and has his van repaired.

Mr Jones now fears his daughter’s house could be next after receiving phone calls believed to be from his attackers.

“They are threatening the family and Jade’s house,” he said.

“I am worried her house will be the next target, but we won’t be intimidated.”

North Wales Police are stepping up patrols in the area as they appeal for information over the attack.

Insp Ceri Hawe said: “We are appealing for members of the local community to come forward with any information that may assist in our investigation into this incident.

“There will be increased police patrols in the locality and anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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