I was scared, I pan­icked: star on £22k watch raid or­deal

CAR­ROLL TES­TI­FIES AGAINST ‘ROB­BERS’

The Chronicle - - Front Page - By WILL MET­CALFE Content Editor will.met­calfe@ncj­me­dia.com

FOR­MER New­cas­tle United favourite Andy Car­roll told a jury of his ter­ror as a gun-wield­ing mo­tor­bike rider tried to rob him of his £22,000 wrist­watch.

The striker was re­turn­ing home from cur­rent club West Ham’s train­ing ground when he was chased by two mo­tor­cy­cles, Basil­don Crown Court heard.

Jack O’Brien, 22, de­nies at­tempt­ing to rob the Eng­land-capped 28-year-old on Novem­ber 2, 2016.

Car­roll said in a fran­tic 999 call played to a jury: “There’s two mo­tor­bikes, one’s be­hind me pulling out a gun, I don’t know what to do.”

As beep­ing is heard in the back­ground, Car­roll says to the oper­a­tor: “Oh s***, I’ve hit loads of cars, I don’t know what to do, he’s just hit my car.”

He even­tu­ally ar­rives at the West Ham train­ing ground and tells the oper­a­tor there are se­cu­rity staff there.

“I’ve prob­a­bly just hit about 10 cars on the way here,” he said in the call.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Glad­well told the court that two bik­ers chased Car­roll 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 had his crash hel­met on with his vi­sor up. I stared at him for about 10 sec­onds as I thought I recog­nised him and thought he was go­ing to have a con­ver­sa­tion.”

Car­roll added: “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.

Mr Glad­well said Car­roll was “beep­ing at other cars and driv­ing on the wrong side of the road to get away”.

Car­roll told the court: “I was scared, I didn’t know what to do.

“I called my part­ner’s dad, I just pan­icked. “He told me to ring the po­lice.” In the 999 call, Car­roll strug­gles to recog­nise road names, as the oper­a­tor re­as­sures him that po­lice are not far away.

At one point he tells the call han­dler: “I’m a Pre­mier League foot­baller.”

Michael Ed­monds, de­fend­ing, said O’Brien, of Navarre Gar­dens, Rom­ford, east Lon­don, was not the mo­tor­bike rider.

He said O’Brien had used the bike, jacket and hel­met for crime be­fore, but that it was not him us­ing the mo­tor­bike on this oc­ca­sion. The trial con­tin­ues.

Andy Car­roll and part­ner Billi Muck­low - and left, in his New­cas­tle days

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