PREM STAR CARROLL’S ARMED BIKER GUN TERROR
Hammers ace tells court of ordeal
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.