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Ex-Para attacked by gang of robbers.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

A FORMER paratrooper was attacked and robbed on a bridge after a night out.

Ray Poole, 47, an amusement arcade manager, had been returning to his home when thugs hit him on the head.

They stole cash and ran off.

North Wales Police say the incident happened as the victim walked over a cobbled bridge towards Pensarn Beach near Abergele early on Monday, July 12 between 12.20am and 12.30am.

North Wales Police have arrested one person but want to trace a group of youths.

Police say the victim suffered a blow to the back of the head causing a wound which required hospital treatment.

DC Phil Williams said: "There were a number of vehicles in the area and witnesses are urged to come forward in confidence."

Friends spoke of their shock over Mr Poole's ordeal.

Ann Clough owns the Surfside amusement arcade near Mr Poole's arcade which is called Williams' Leisure Services on Pensarn Beach.

She said: "He had been paying for someone's taxi by The Yacht pub and was walking over the bridge. Someone might have seen his wallet.

"He told me he had not been expecting to be hit. If he had been he would have defended himself.

"He has a mark on his forehead and a bruise down the left side of his face."

She added: "He's a nice person, very friendly and popular."

A resident in Marine Road, Pensarn, who asked not to be named, added: "He stopped to talk to a group of lads and gave them a fag. He was not after a fight. It's a shame.

"He's a lovely, hard working guy. He'd do anything for anyone.

He's very proud of his Para days, as he should be."

Yesterday Mr Poole was unavailable for comment. But the former paratrooper was believed to be feeling well enough to attend the funeral of Rhyl marine Michael Taylor.. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact DC 1508 Phil Williams at St Asaph CID on 101, or 0845 6071001 (Welsh line) 0845 6071002 (English line) or Crimestoppers Wales on 0800 555111.

Alternatively text 66767 or e-mail northwalespolice@north-wales.police.uk davidpowell@dailypost.co.uk

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Amusement arcade manager Ray Poole was attacked, hit on the back of the head and robbed of cash in a night-time incident on this Pensarn bridge The victim had just paid for a taxi outside the Yacht pub
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Date:Jul 17, 2010
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