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Moped mugger who tried to rob Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil jailed for 10 years

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Ashley Smith (left) and Jordan Northover who admitted their roles in trying to rob Premier League stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil of their watches in a moped ambush. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 6, 2019. See PA story COURTS Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ashley Smith (left) was jailed for 10 years and his accomplice Jordan Northover is due to be sentenced (Picture: PA)

An armed mugger who tried to rob two Arsenal stars of their £200,000 watches has been jailed for 10 years.

Ashley Smith, 30, ambushed the players with the help of accomplice Jordan Northover, 26, in Hampstead, northwest London on July 25.

The pair were armed with a screwdriver, knives and a knitting needle, but they didn’t count on the bravery of burly Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac.

The footballer, known as ‘The Tank’, jumped out of the passenger seat of Mesut Ozil’s 4X4 and threw punches at the assailants.

He barely even flinched despite having a sharp knitting needle and knives pointed at him.

Handout CCTV image issued by Metropolitan Police dated 25/7/2019 of Ashley Smith and Jordan Northover trying to rob Premier League stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil of their watches in in Platts Lane in Hampstead, north-west London. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 6, 2019. See PA story COURTS Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Sead Kolasinac fought off the pair who were armed with knives, a screwdriver and a large knitting needle (Picture: PA)

Ozil’s newlywed wife watched in terror from inside the £165,000 car, which then sped away down the wrong side of a mansion-lined road before the targets took refuge at a Turkish restaurant.

The pair followed them on the moped and threw stones at the car in an attempt to stop the vehicle and caused a significant amount of damage.

The robbers had ambushed the two players as Ozil was picking up a luxury watch which had been delivered to a teammate’s home.

They both admitted attempting to rob the two players at Harrow Crown Court.

Appearing before judge Ian Bourne via video link today with his face masked with a blue scarf, Smith was handed a 10 year jail sentence.

He remained expressionless but his mother sobbed in the public galley.

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of armed mugger Ashley Smith who has has been jailed at Harrow Crown Court for 10 years after attempting to rob two Arsenal footballers, Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil, of luxury watches worth ?200,000. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday November 8, 2019. See PA story COURTS Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ashley Smith’s mother sobbed in the gallery as he was jailed (Picture: PA)

Handout CCTV image issued by Metropolitan Police dated 25/7/2019 of Ashley Smith and Jordan Northover trying to rob Premier League stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil of their watches in in Platts Lane in Hampstead, north-west London. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 6, 2019. See PA story COURTS Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The Bosnian defender doesn’t even flinch as the robbers threaten him (Picture: PA)

The judge described Smith, of Islington, north London, as a ‘career criminal’ who was well known to police.

He was out on licence for a 42 month burglary sentence in 2017 when he tried to carry out the street robbery.

Jailing him, the judge said: ‘It’s fair to say they planned this attack with great care, armed themselves with pointed weapons capable of causing significant injury one said to be a knitting needle one said to be a screwdriver.

‘They had stolen a moped and they were disguised in dark clothing and helmets so they could not be recognised.

‘It is clear they had been looking for candidates to rob and they can be seen driving up and down the road in the period before this attempt took place.

‘It is said and it is obvious that both of these defendants are prolific career criminals.

‘They recognised an opportunity to rob both victims and Mr Ozil who was in the vehicle with his newlywed wife and they moved in armed and dangerous.

Enterprise News and Pictures 6/11/19 Pic shows: Jordan Northover, 26, who has pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to attempting to rob Arsenal footballers Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, who were targeted by moped robbers armed with knives or sharp bladed objects. Northover and Ashley Smith, 30, both admitted the attempted robbery and are due to be sentenced on Friday November 8, The duo, wearing motorbike helmets and brandishing weapons, hadn't bargained on the fearlessness and bravery of Kolasinac, who also plays international football for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The no-nonsense tough-tackling defender fought back when confronted by the robbers who were attempting a carjacking on the two Arsenal footballers as Ozil sat in one of their cars on a leafy north London street near Golders Green at about 5pm. on July 25. CCTV footage of the attempted carjacking shows Kolasinac first raising his arms to ward off one robber as the attacker comes at him waving a weapon, which appears to be either a knife or metal pole in Platts Lane. Kolasinac fends him off to prevent the robber getting into the car where Ozil is sitting in the front seat and the footballer then raises his fists to fight the robber off and the robber runs with the defender chasing after him. Kolasinac then rounds on what appears to be the second armed attacker, who has seconds thoughts and does a speedy u-turn and tries to scarper as Kolasinac goes for him aiming punches at him. Arsenal confrmed after the incident that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were targeted by carjackers and said both escaped uninjured. Arsenal said in a statement: "We have been in contact with both players and they are fine." A video that circulated on social media showed full-back Kolasinac fighting off two men who are wielding weapons. Kolasinac can be seen jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked men who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds. Eyewitness Simo

Jordan Northover is due to be sentenced at a later date (Picture: Enterprise News and Pictures)

‘It is clear the two of them hadn’t counted on Mr Kolasinac fighting back and he behaved incredibly bravely with knives pointed in his direction at a time when he knew he was in possession of extremely valuable items which men might use whatever they needed to obtain the watches.’

The defender was seen moving around the car to confront the robbers before getting back inside as Ozil sped off.

A member of the public spotted the moped left near a park close to Borehamwood and contacted the police, who were able to trace CCTV footage showing the two men walk into a pub.

Judge Bourne added: ‘This is a high culpability offence, using weapons to threaten and indeed to cause violence, thrusting the weapon towards Mr Kolasinac who must have been terrified at the events taking place immediately outside his house.’

The court heard how Smith has 30 convictions dating back to 2008 including burglary, robbery, ABH and theft.

Michael Bisgrove, prosecuting, said: ‘The attempt as you will see from the CCTV was quick and violent.

‘Both are prolific offenders and they saw this opportunity shortly before 5pm and took it.

‘They hadn’t counted in one of the victims fighting back.’

Both players escaped without any injuries but the robbery meant they had to miss several matches at the start of the Premier League due to security concerns.

Northover, who is being held at HMP Wealstun, West Yorkshire, will be sentenced for attempted armed robbery at a later date.



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