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Pair guilty of ‘brazen’ attempt to rob Arsenal players

Knife-wielding thugs were challenged by 'hero' Premier League footballer in street

08 November, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Arsenal footballer Sead Kolasinac

TWO knife-wielding men who attacked Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Jordan Northover, 26, of no fixed address, admitted the charge at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday.

Ashley Smith, 30, of Cardinals Way in Archway, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court last month. He also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of Class B drugs.

As previously reported by the Tribune, Mr Kolasinac was hailed as a “hero” by fans when a video emerged of him fighting off the masked attackers with his bare hands outside a Hampstead house.

The Premier League defender then fled with Mr Ozil to a restaurant in Green Lane where they were met by police.

Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, of Operation Venice, said: “Northover and Smith attempted this brazen robbery after travelling around streets nearby, looking for people to rob.

“Northover didn’t hesitate to draw a weapon when making demands, but he didn’t bargain on being challenged and the pair went away empty-handed.

CCTV image of the incident shows Sead Kolasinac attempting to fend off the attack

“The victim and the people who were visiting him, while unharmed, were shaken by the incident.”

The breakthrough in the case came when a member of the public called police to report a suspicious motorcycle which did not have number plates, parked in a cul-de-sac in Borehamwood.

The report was passed to the Met, who visited the area and discovered that the moped was the same one used in the robbery.

CCTV from a local pub was reviewed which showed Northover and Smith visiting it a short time after the offence, and Northover changing his clothes.

The clothes worn by the suspects in the robbery, including a motorcycle helmet, were discovered on grassland at the rear of the pub, after police obtained and executed a search warrant.

Smith was arrested on Wednesday, September 4 and charged the following day.

Northover was charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, September 17.

They will both be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court today (Friday).

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