Aled Jones’ machete-wielding attacker, 16, locked up

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Singer and presenter Aled Jones has seen the teenager who threatened and robbed him locked up today.

The teenager wielded a machete and threated to cut off the Walking In The Air singer’s head as he stole his £17,000 Rolex watch.

The incident happened on July 7 as the 52-year-old Welsh baritone was walking along Chiswick High Road in west London with his son Lucas at about 5.40pm.

They were set upon by the 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, who pointed a machete in his face and told him to remove the watch.

When the assailant noticed the singer was still following him from a distance after handing over his Rolex, he warned: “Walk the other way or I will cut your head off.”

The boy was handed a 24-month detention and training order, after turning up late to court for a second time.

Chairman of the bench Rex Da Rocha told him his record was “appalling”, adding: “Your actions are not acceptable. Pointing that machete at an innocent person is totally unacceptable.”

This wasn’t the teen’s first brush with the law. He previously stole a gold Rolex watch worth £20,000 from a man in his 70s at Paddington Station in west London, the court heard.

He had been due to stand trial for robbing Aled at Wimbledon Youth Court in August but arrived late with his trial already under way having pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Vijay Khuttan, prosecuting, told Ealing Magistrates’ Court Mr Jones and his son had gone out for a walk when they were “spotted” by the youth who had seen a high-value watch on his arm.

“He crossed the road and followed them down the high street,” Mr Khuttan said. “He pulled out a machete and ran towards Jones and his son with the machete brandished.”

“The youth told Mr Jones: ‘Give me your Rolex or I will cut your arm off’. He pointed the machete in Jones’s face.”

CCTV was collected from the area and the teenager was arrested at his home. At the time of his arrest, the boy was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and his trainers were ones he was wearing in the footage. The machete was found in his room.

Aled’s son picked the attacker out in an identity parade. When asked if he wished to address the court about his actions, the teenager – who looked down at the floor for much of the hearing – said: “I don’t think I need to say anything.” has contacted representatives for Aled Jones for comment.

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