Aled Jones robbed of Rolex watch in Chiswick

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Songs of Praise presenter threatened with a machete

TV and radio presenter Aled Jones was robbed of his £17,000 Rolex watch after being threatened by a teenager brandishing a machete in Chiswick.

The Songs of Praise host, 52, was walking with 18-year-old son Lucas, when the armed youth approached him and demanded his watch earlier this month.

The Metropolitan Police said officers received a report on 7 July at around 5.40pm of a man who “had been approached by a male who threatened him with a machete and demanded his watch”.

Both Aled Jones and his son were left “shocked and shaken” by their ordeal.

Jones, from Bangor, North Wales, became a star when in 1985 his version of Walking in the Air, from Christmas film The Snowman, reached No5. By the time he was aged 16 he had sold six million records and sang in front of the Pope, the Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana.

He was made an MBE in 2013 for services to music and broadcasting and charitable services. He now hosts a morning radio show on Classic FM as well as being a regular presenter of Songs of Praise.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with robbery, but denies being responsible for the attack. He has been bailed to appear at Wimbledon Youth Court for trial on 24 August.”

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