Wrexham store stab shock

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A BUS driver was stabbed last night trying to stop a raid on a Wrexham village shop.

Police are hunting for a man after a knife robbery on the former Spar shop in Johnstown just before 7pm.

Villagers say the “brave” man was stabbed as he rushed to stop the raid at the store, now called The Shop.

Blood could be seen outside the High Street convenience store and forensic team members from North Wales Police quickly sealed off the area.

Police officers attending a Rhos Community Council meeting left hurriedly to help at the scene of the crime.

Johnstown county councillor David Bithell said residents were shocked. “I don’t think we have had anything like this in the village before,” he said.

“I have been advised by the police inspector that an individual entered the shop with a weapon and was bravely followed by a member of the public who sustained injuries in doing so and was taken to hospital.

“A number of local residents have already come forward with information and I would urge anybody with any information to contact the police.

“Police are also carrying out some reassurance work in the local vicinity with the PCSOs as to what has happened.”

One witness said he saw blood on the floor and a large number of police officers were at the scene with dozens of onlookers.

He said: “There are four police cars and two vans. They have cordoned off the area. There are police everywhere and they are checking people and interviewing. There is a lot going on.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “An incident occurred at the Spar shop in Johnstown, Wrexham, which resulted in a member of the public sustaining injuries.

“Those injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.”

A spokesman for the ambulance service said they received a call from police to attend the scene.

Anyone with information is being asked to get in touch with police on 101 or 0845 6071001 (Welsh), 0845 6071002 (English).

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