North East Wales

Man hurt tackling would-be robber in Wrexham

The man police would like to question
Image caption The offender was aged between 20 and 30

A man suffered head injuries as he tried to prevent an attempted armed robbery near Wrexham, say police.

The incident took place at a Spar store in the village of Johnstown at 1855 BST on Thursday.

The injured man, who is recovering at home, received cuts to his head when he and another passer-by tried to stop the masked man, who was armed with a knife.

Police have released images of the man they want to question.

Detectives said the incident happened in High Street in Johnstown, and the male offender made off on foot down Merlyn Street.

The man is said to be white, 6ft tall (1.8m), aged between 20 and 30 and of an athletic build.

He was wearing a black balaclava and top, blue tracksuit trousers with a white stripe and black trainers.

Det Insp Dave Spencer praised the actions of the man who tried to stop the robber.

"The actions that he took are commendable and we have thanked him for his public spiritedness.

"Whilst he has received some nasty cuts to his face, thankfully he has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

"He will also receive advice and guidance from victim support.

"Offences such as this do not occur very often in north Wales, and I can reassure the local community that I have several detective officers investigating this serious incident and that we are determined to identify this individual and put him before the courts."

People with information about the incident can contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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