ANXIOUS businessmen are calling for tighter security measures after a woman was attacked at knifepoint during the early hours.
Margaret Edwards, an employee at Oswestry School, was targeted by a hooded man in the Coney Green area of Oswestry at 6.55am onThursday, October 10, but escaped without serious injuries.
Police are urging witnesses to the attempted robbery to contact them on 101.
Urgent calls have been made to tighten security after the attempted robbery of a woman in Oswestry.
Businesses in Coney Green are uniting to urge greater steps to be taken to safeguard their properties, staff and customers after news of the shocking incident spread.
Margaret Edwards, a catering assistant at Oswestry School, believed to be in her 50s, was walking along Coney Green near the junction with Black Gate Street just before 7am on Thursday morning when a man, described by police as white and “young looking” wearing an anorak and a grey hoody, approached her from behind with a knife.
There was a struggle and the woman managed to get away, but suffered cuts to her hand before the man ran off.
Douglas Robb, headteacher at Oswestry School confirmed the victim has not returned to work since the attack.
He said: “We were all terribly upset to hear what happened to Margaret and hope she will be feeling better soon.”
Businesses in the Coney Green area are now calling for tighter security measures to be installed.
Ben Hillidge, director of Reliant IT, said it confirmed his decision to install more CCTV at his own property after a string of incidents.
“There’s always stuff going on round here,” he said.
“I’ve had someone try and break-in at this office before so we put up metal doors and we’ve now got CCTV covering our property.
“I want to put more cameras looking out onto the street as well.”
His colleague Alan Morton claims he was once approached by a man with a knife as he was getting into his car one evening.
He added: “It’s a dark, lonely place down here at night.”
The incident is just the latest in a string of crimes to have taken place in the vicinity of Coney Green in the last two weeks.
A car parked at the rear of The Advertizer offices, which back onto Coney Green, was broken into over the weekend of September 28 and 29 when a roof tile was thrown through a rear window.
The following weekend an attempted burglary was reported next door at Oswald Road Fine Furniture after a side door was attacked with what police called “brute force”.
As a result business owners are feeling particularly vulnerable.
Dan Tomley, owner of clothing store Thfkdlf, said: “This building’s pretty secure with bars on the windows and one across the door, but it would definitely make us feel better if there was more CCTV outside.”
Mo Willcock, of Now Group print shop, admitted the business had experienced a few problems in recent weeks including a shoplifter coming over their wall from Sainsbury's and a suspected intruder in the building.
“I used to work here till midnight some nights but I won’t anymore,” she said. “All these incidents definitely make me more worried.”
Pauline Lacey, of Zest Ladies Health and Fitness Club, expressed concerns for her customers who might be coming and going as the dark nights draw in.
“It is a dark road and a bit more security would be very good,” she said.
n Anyone with information should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 81S10103.