A machete-wielding thug threatened to cut off TV star Aled Jones’s arm for his £17,000 Rolex watch, a youth court heard

A machete-wielding thug threatened to cut off TV star Aled Jones’s arm for his £17,000 Rolex watch, a youth court heard

The incident described below involves a harrowing encounter with TV star Aled Jones and a 16-year-old armed robber.

The episode, which occurred in London last month, involved a machete threat and the theft of a £17,000 Rolex watch.

The incident has broader implications, highlighting the rise in luxury watch thefts in London, especially involving celebrities.

The Incident: Threat and Robbery

The Songs of Praise presenter, Aled Jones, 52, was walking with his son Lucas in Chiswick, West London, when they were confronted by a 16-year-old thug wielding a machete.

The youth threatened to chop off Jones’s arm unless he surrendered his Rolex watch, valued at £17,000. Jones complied with the demand during the terrifying robbery.

The Arrest: Capture and Court Proceedings

Wimbledon Youth Court was told that the teenager, who was captured on CCTV fleeing the scene, was arrested later.

Police found the weapon in his bedroom and noted he was wearing the same clothes from the time of the robbery.

Arriving two hours late for trial, his solicitor, Gero Di Piazza, entered a guilty plea on his behalf.

The teen eventually pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bladed weapon and was bailed for sentencing in September.

Background on Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona is a highly desirable watch, introduced in 1963 to cater to professional racing drivers.

It can measure speeds up to 400 kilometers per hour and is named after the Florida City of Daytona.

The watch varies in price from around £17,000 to under £40,000.

CCTV Footage and Police Action

High-quality CCTV footage showed the thief leaving the scene, even capturing the teen pushing the machete back into his tracksuit.

Police recognized the teen from a circulated photograph, arresting him while he wore the same black Nike tracksuit seen in the CCTV.

The machete used in the robbery was also recovered.

Delays and Jones’s Background

The proceedings were initially delayed when the teen failed to appear on time.

District Judge Andrew Sweet accepted a guilty plea from his solicitor, and the trial proceeded in his absence.

Aled Jones, from Bangor, North Wales, became a star at 14, and was made an MBE in 2013.

Despite his affection for watches, he once stated that he preferred a luxury British Bremont timepiece over Rolex.

Rising Trend: Luxury Watch Thefts in London

The theft of expensive watches has surged in London, with 6,109 luxury watches stolen last year.

Jones’s incident follows a pattern of watch crimes involving celebrities, including former professional boxer Amir Khan, who had his £72,000 watch stolen in east London last year.


This distressing incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability faced by individuals in the public eye and points to an alarming trend of thefts targeting luxury watches.

The prosecution of the youth involved is an essential step towards justice, but the event raises broader concerns about public safety and the glamorization of luxury items.

The connection between the allure of such valuable objects and crime must be addressed by both law enforcement and society at large to curb such incidents in the future.

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