Supermarket blockade man says he's victimised for being English

A man accused of blocking a supermarket truck driver delivering supplies to a shop near his home says he feels victimised for being English. John Thrasher, of Aran Street in Bala, told North Wales Live that people had been racist to him. He spoke out after a video of an incident last month, in which he verbally abused a Co-op lorry driver and store manager while refusing to move his car so the vehicle could pass, was shared on Facebook.

This is the video from North Wales Live:

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The 43-year-old says a parking ticket he received is evidence he is being victimised. He says claims locals dislike him and his partner because they are English. Mr Thrasher said: “I’m getting victimised for parking my car, like anybody else does.”

Following the incident, the police were called, and asked him to move the car. But he refused, because “there was no reason to move it when the lorries could get past”. “The police don’t like me,” he added.

“As they say, I cause hassle and I’ve got a gob. I speak my mind, I don’t sit on no fence, and that’s why they don’t like me and why I get victimised around here.” Mr Thrasher, who does not work because he is disabled, added: “I previously went into the Co-op shop and one of the workers approached me.

“I asked them to move two metres away because they had no mask or gloves on and I got banned from the shop for asking them to do that. “It’s because I’m English. It’s racist round here.

My girlfriend is from Liverpool and that’s another thing they have a go at. “Everyone else in the street is all right because they’re all Welsh.” At the time the two incidents were filmed, a local resident said: “He decided to block the road to prevent the Co-op lorry from delivering goods to our only supermarket in this crazy time when we need supplies more than ever.

“It is happening on a daily basis at the moment. “Other residents are being forced to move their cars from the other side of the street to allow lorries through, but because of the tirade of abuse he’s doled out to the Co-op drivers, they’ve been forced to deliver to the front of the shop for the past two days. “Because they couldn’t go to the delivery area around the back of the shop, they have had to close the shop to get the delivery in through the front.

“The emergency services such as ambulance and fire wouldn’t be able to pass through either. “He has been reported to the police every time it’s happened. “I thought it’s about time the community were told what’s going on.”

At the time of the incident, the Co-op said: “The safety and security of our store colleagues is of utmost importance and the team at our Bala store on Stryd Fawr are working around the clock to ensure the community has access to groceries and essentials.

“We can confirm that the store has been subject to some harassment by a member of the local community and the matter is now being dealt with by the police.

“Bala Co-op is open as normal to serve customers and members.”

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