The Evening Standard have reported that an ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker was the victim of a violent break-in at his house in Cricklewood back in May.

The six thugs are said to have broken into the ex-Premier League player’s £4 million house at around 1 am, a home that he shares with his wife.

The robbers were reportedly wearing masks and wielding knives and machetes physically attacking and further threatening the ex-Spurs man. One neighbour claimed that the thieves even punched the player in the face during the break-in.

The masked assailants apparently broke in to steal designer watches from the property and were in and out in around five minutes.

So far, the striker himself has not been named in the press, but various neighbours did explain the ordeal to the news outlet.

The Standard claim that this is just the latest attack in the Hampstead, Belsize Park, Highgate, and St John’s Wood areas. targeting wealthy homeowners.

One neighbour stated: “All you can do is look at your security and be alert but you just never know. If they get in just give them what they want and let them go.

“We have private security who are brilliant for just £20 a week. There are just too many pressures on the police.”

Another added: “They knew what watches he had. They went in and punched him in the face.

“It’s like a cancer. One in five of us is going to get it, so you almost expect it. I have seen my parents attacked on my doorstep and yards away from my home.”

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