Hammers ace tells court of or­deal

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SCARED: Car­roll told court of chase after threats WEST Ham striker Andy Car­roll told a jury of his ter­ror as a gun-wield­ing mo­tor­bike rider tried to rob him of his £22,000 wrist­watch as he drove his green Jeep Wran­gler back from a train­ing ses­sion.

The 6ft 4in foot­baller was re­turn­ing home from his club’s train­ing ground when he was chased by two mo­tor­cy­cles, a court heard.

Jack O’Brien, 22, de­nies at­tempt­ing to rob the Eng­land-capped 28-year-old on Novem­ber 2 last year. after one ap­proached him at a set of traf­fic lights in Rom­ford Road, Hain­ault, north-east Lon­don, and de­manded his watch.

Car­roll told the jury: “I just pulled up at the traf­fic lights, my win­dow was open, a bike pulled up next to me and said ‘Nice watch’.”

He said he replied “Thanks” and “Thought I recog­nised him”.

“He had his crash hel­met on with his vi­sor up,” said Car­roll.

“I stared at him for about 10 sec­onds as I thought I recog­nised him and thought he was go­ing to have a con­ver­sa­tion.”

He con­tin­ued: “I went to drive away and he said ‘Give me your watch’.”

He said to start with he “didn’t know if it was a joke” but, when he did a U-turn, both bikes turned and fol­lowed him.

Bearded Car­roll, who had his hair in a bun, wore a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and train­ers as he gave his ev­i­dence.

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