Betting shop worker brutally beaten up
Six men punched and kicked employee after being asked for identification
POLICE are hunting for a group of six men who brutally beat a Hayes betting shop worker after he asked them for ID.
The gang repeatedly punched and kicked the 25-year-old man at William Hill, in Station Road, at around 6.40pm on Sunday, March 22.
He was left with a broken nose and severe cuts to his face and was treated at Hillingdon Hospital. He has since been discharged.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the attack followed a ‘verbal altercation’ and robbery had been ruled out as a motive.
The attackers fled the shop and no arrests have been made, but police enquiries continue.
A source told the Gazette: “He was working in the shop on Sunday and he came out from behind the counter just to help one of the customers on one of the machines, and these guys walked in, so he’s asked for their ID, as he’s entitled to do, and they just set about him, giving him a right good clumping.”
According to David Brough, chairman of Hayes Town Partnership, all bookmakers in Hayes Town have recently agreed to share information so that a ban from one becomes effective at all.
Mr Brough said: “It came about because some of the betting shops had been having problems when they challenge someone because of their age – they get a lot of abuse and some of them cause trouble.
“The idea is to get all the betting shops working together so that when you’re banned from one, you’re banned from all. They know who the troublemakers are generally, so the idea is the police would actually help out at the beginning and serve notice on these people who were banned so they were in no doubt about it.”
A William Hill spokesman said: “We can confirm an incident happened at our Hayes shop in Station Road.
“However, as this is an ongoing investigation we cannot go into any more detail. We are working with the police to help the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
ATTACK: The bookmakers in Station Road, Hayes