Man charged over attempted robbery of West Ham United striker Andy Carroll

West Ham United's Andy Carroll.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

A 21-year-old man has been charged over the attempted robbery of West Ham United star Andy Carroll in Chigwell earlier this month.

Jack O’Brien, of Navarre Gardens, Collier Row, was arrested on Saturday and charged late last night with the offence on November 2.

Police were called to Romford Road at 12.45pm, after two men allegedly attempted to rob the Hammers striker while he was driving his Mercedes.

The 27-year-old footballer managed to motor away to the club’s training ground, in Rush Green.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic described his striker as “very brave”.

Speaking after O’Brien’s arrest Det Sgt Brett Hagen, from Redbridge CID, said: “Over the past few weeks extensive enquires undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service and neighbouring constabularies have been carried out.

“I would like to thank the eagle-eyed member of the public who was able to provide useful information that assisted us with achieving today’s arrest.”

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O’Brien was also charged with one count of handling stolen goods, one count of aggravated burglary and 13 counts of burglary, across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

He is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court today.