Man hurt confronting Wrexham pub raiders


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who confronted burglars in his friend’s pub ended up in hospital with a suspected broken leg. 

Mark Evans was staying at the Oddfellows Arms on Chapel Street, Acrefair, Wrexham and went to investigate after hearing a noise in the early hours of the morning. 

Mr Evans confronted the thieves, who made off with about £100 in cash and a handbag during the early morning burglary, but was unable to stop them. 

Landlord Andy Kempster found Mr Evans in agony on the floor with his leg bent backwards when he came downstairs. 

Mr Kempster, 53, was in bed when he heard screams coming from downstairs between 5am and 6am yesterday. 

Mr Kempster, who has run the pub for the last 18 months, went to investigate and found his friend Mr Evans, who had been staying at the pub, on the floor. 

Mr Evans, also from Acrefair, had confronted two people who are believed to have entered the pub through a rear window but was unable to stop them and was injured in the process. 

Mr Evans apologised to Mr Kempster for not being able to stop the intruders, despite lying injured on the floor. 

Mr Kempster said: “I was in bed upstairs and I heard screaming and shouting. By the time I got downstairs Mark was on the floor in the doorway with his leg bent backwards. 

“When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I saw Mark and he told me the pub had been burgled and he couldn’t stop them. 

“He was in so much pain but he kept apologising for not being able to stop them. 

“I have been burgled before but nothing like this. It’s a quiet village and you don’t usually see this sort of crime. 

“They have got in through a back window – Mark heard a noise and went to confront them. 

“What they have done is horrible but it could have been a lot worse. One of them got away on a bike and the other was on foot.” 

A North Wales Police spokesman confirmed a quantity of cash and a handbag had been stolen from the Chapel Street pub. 

Anyone with information 

relating to the two intruders is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference R103032 

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 6.01am to The Oddfellows Arms on Chapel Street in Acrefair. 

“A crew in an emergency ambulance attended, and a man in his 50s with non-life threatening injuries was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.”

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