Clergyman fought off doorstep attacker


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A BRAVE clergyman fought off an attacker on his  doorstep who threatened
to “beat him to a pulp”.

The Rev Simon Treloar was attacked when he answered the door to a man who demanded money.

Jason Haynes, 32, who had been released from prison that day, struggled with him and assaulted him.

But Father Treloar, the Dean of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Wrexham, was able to gain control and get him out of his house before calling the police.
The Dean grabbed the attacker by the throat to keep him at arm’s length and pushed him out of the door.

Last September the Leader reported how the Rev Simon Treloar, 53, thwarted an attempt to smash a bottle into his face.
At the time Mr Treloar said he had no ill feelings towards his attacker. Talking yesterday about the latest attack he repeated that sentiment.
“Yes of course I forgive him,” said Mr Treloar
“I am happy to keep serving the community in Wrexham for as long as my bishop wants me to. The vast majority of people here are very welcoming.”

Mr Treloar, originally from Essex, said: “I first came to Wrexham in 2005 and was here for three years. I have been back for about 18 months. I like Wrexham. The people are friendly.”
Talking about the second attack on him, Father Treloar said: “You just have to deal with what you are confronted with.
“Yes there was a slight sense of deja vu. It is important to be calm.
“My biggest concern was thinking what if this had happened to someone else.”

Father Treloar also stressed he would not be intimidated by the attacks on him. “I can’t stop living just because of a couple of idiots,” he said.

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