Teenager threatened to cut off TV presenter Aled Jones’ arm with machete, court hears

Image above: Aled Jones

Youth, who cannot be identified, pleads guilty

The teenager who is accused of stealing TV presenter Aled Jones’ Rolex watch while he was out walking with his son in Chiswick last month, has appeared at Wimbledon Youth Court.

The 16 year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, threatened to cut off the singer’s arm during a robbery with a machete, the court was told.

He turned up late for court but then pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Prosecutor Robert Simpson told the court Mr Jones was walking with his son when he was “approached by a youth in a black tracksuit top and bottoms and wearing black trainers”.

“(The defendant) produced a knife in the form of a machete from his tracksuit bottoms and threatened to cut off his arm and made various other threats in order to obtain the Rolex watch Aled Jones was wearing,” Mr Simpson said.

He added: “Aled Jones immediately handed it over and the defendant made off.”

The police collected CCTV coverage as evidence of the robbery which took place on Chiswick Rd.

Aled Jones, who lives in Chiswick, became famous for singing Walking In The Air, the theme tune to Christmas favourite The Snowman, when he was a child, and now presents Songs of Praise on BBC One has his own show on BBC Radio Two.

The case has been adjourned while reports are prepared. The defendant, who was arrested at his home in west London, has been released on bail and will be told where to sleep and live by the local authority. He is due back in court, at Ealing Youth Court on Tuesday 12 September for sentencing.

Detective Chief Inspector Garth Hall, of the West Area Command Unit, said:

“All the officers involved in this investigation worked quickly and efficiently to find the person responsible. Within days we had identified the suspect, arrested them and charged them with the crime. It was excellent work and the result is today, faced with overwhelming evidence, the person responsible has pleaded guilty to the crime.”

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