Bet­ting shop worker bru­tally beaten up

Six men punched and kicked em­ployee af­ter be­ing asked for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Con­trib­uted

ATTACK: The book­mak­ers in Sta­tion Road, Hayes

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