Michael McIntyre robbed by moped thugs who grab comic's £15k watch in hammer attack on school run

The driver’s window of his Range Rover was smashed as he went to pick up his kids in North West London.

The crooks forced the shaken father of two, 42, to hand over his watch — believed to be worth £15,000.

A horrified witness told how she watched in shock as Michael McIntyre was attacked in his car and robbed by hammer-wielding moped thugs.

The 42-year-old comedy star — thought to be worth around £38million — was forced to hand over his expensive watch in the raid as he made the school run.

A woman who did not wish to be identified said: “I was driving along the road when I saw two men dressed head to toe in black. One man was on the bike and the other was either attacking or fighting Michael McIntyre. There was shouting too.

“The driver’s window of his Range Rover was completely smashed. The second guy jumped on the back of the motorbike and they got away.

“It was awful, really scary. I later saw Michael comforting one of his sons.” The TV favourite staggered in disbelief from his Range Rover after becoming the latest victim of a moped-aided crime epidemic that has swept the country.

He was going to collect his sons from school when the thugs pulled up beside his black £120,000 motor.

In a split second he was showered with glass as the pair smashed his driver’s side window with a hammer.

The thugs screamed at Michael and demanded that he hand over his watch.

The startled star unfastened the strap and gave the timepiece — thought to be worth £15,000 — to the thieves, who then roared off.

The terrifying attack happened at about 2pm in posh Hampstead, North West London.

As people approached him afterwards, dad-of-two Michael shook his head and said: “I need to find out the best thing to do here, I can’t say anything.”

Wearing a white shirt and black trousers, the bespectacled comic spent more than two hours speaking with police.

It was not known if McIntyre was deliberately followed and targeted, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The incident happened in a tree-lined street flanked by large detached £5million properties and luxury cars.

After the ordeal Michael was spotted comforting his children, who were understood to have joined him shortly after the attack. Police wearing thick gloves helped Michael remove the smashed ­window and ensure his vehicle was safe to drive.

Michael drove his damaged Range Rover back to his home.

A woman who spoke over the intercom said he was not available. McIntyre’s agent said: “Michael was involved in an incident involving armed robbers.

“He is absolutely fine and helping police with their inquiries.”

The Met Police said: “Police were called to reports of a robbery.

"Officers attended. The victim was stationary in his car when two males on a moped smashed the car windows with a hammer before stealing property. No injuries were reported. No arrests have been made. Inquiries continue.

“Anyone with information is asked to call police.”

Michael was on the school run while on a break from his stand-up world tour.

He last appeared on stage in Brighton on May 27 and is back on the south coast on June 12.

The keen Tottenham fan lives in North London with his wife Kitty, who works as an aromatherapist.

Grim cycle of crime

London alone saw 16,000 last year — up from just 1,053 in 2014.

Across Britain, moped attacks are up 1,000 per cent in three years.

They have been used in crimes such as phone snatches and gem store raids. And two moped muggers were convicted of murder last month after knifing charity worker Abdul Samad, 28, in Maida Vale, West London. Last year a ten-strong £1million London moped raid gang got 110 years’ jail.

Thugs also tried to rob West Ham’s Andy Carroll of a £22,000 watch and targeted ex-Chancellor George Osborne. Ministers plan a law change to spare cops from prosecution if unhelmeted crooks are hurt or killed during pursuits.

Kitty is the daughter of the late actor Simon Ward and sister of the actress Sophie Ward.

The pair have two sons — Lucas, 13, and 11-year-old Oscar.

The former Britain’s Got Talent judge is performing across the globe on his Big World Tour before returning to the UK and a crowd of 20,000 in London’s O2 Arena in October.

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