Video: Andy Carroll flees pursuing motorcyclists
The Metropolitan Police have released footage which shows Premier League footballer Andy Carroll fleeing two motorcyclists he believed were trying to rob him of his £22,000 watch.
Last week Carroll told a court of the moment a motorcyclist he believed to be armed with a gun tried to rob him on his way home from training on November 2, 2016.
The West Ham striker told Basildon Crown Court of his terror as 22-year-old Jack O'Brien allegedly attempted to steal his £22,000 watch. Prosecutor Simon Gladwell said two motorcyclists chased Carroll after one approached him at a set of traffic lights in Hainault, north-east London.
Gladwell stated the rider, "said to him 'nice watch' and he replied 'thanks'. The driver had his visor up. He then said 'give me your watch'. Mr Carroll pulled away as the lights were green."
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During the incident Carroll called 999 and told the operator: "There's two motorbikes, one's behind me pulling out a gun, I don't know what to do. Oh s**t, I've hit loads of cars, I don't know what to do, he's just hit my car."
Carroll sped away from the traffic lights when they turned green, before making a U-turn and heading back to the West Ham training ground, with the motorcycles still in pursuit. Once he arrived back at the training ground, Carroll told the emergency operator: "I've probably just hit about 10 cars on the way here."
Michael Edmonds, defending, said O'Brien was not the rider. Edmonds told the court O'Brien had used the motorbike, helmet and jacket to commit crimes before, but it was not him on this occasion.
O'Brien was sentenced to six years in prison, while the second suspect has not been located.