Jack O'Brien, 22, denies attempting to rob the England-capped 28-year-old on November 2 2016. The 6ft 4ins footballer (pictured left today) was returning home from his club's training ground in his Jeep (right) when he was chased by two motorbikes, Basildon Crown Court heard today. Prosecutor Simon Gladwell said one then approached him at traffic lights in Romford Road, Hainault, north-east London and demanded his £22,000 watch off his wrist. The terrified footballer, 28, (right) sped off, did a U-turn, drove on the wrong side of the road, struck about ten cars and then jumped a red light to get away. The panicked star initially called his partner Billi Mucklow's (together inset) father who then urged Carroll to call the police instead. He said in a frantic 999 call played to a jury: 'There's two motorbikes, one's behind me pulling out a gun, I don't know what to do' before telling the handler: 'I'm a Premier League footballer'.
'Hit and run' driver is charged over death of cyclist, 24, who had just completed 1,000-mile Lands End to John O'Groats ride
Vicky Myers, left, pictured with her partner James, right, was killed after she was struck in Timperley, Trafford in Manchester on Sunday morning by a car which did not stop at the scene. Ms Myers and her partner had just completed the 1,000-mile bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats over a period of 12 days. The couple had been planning further adventures according to her family. Police have charged Gurparthab Ajay Singh, 26, of Wythenshawe has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a collision and failing to report a collision. He is due to appear in Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court in the morning.
Twitter troll taunts Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp over the death of his infant son – then deletes his account as fans call out his ‘repulsive’ comment
The Sheffield United striker's son, Luey Jacob, died just two days after being born in late October 2011 from gastroschisis, which affects around 1 in 3,000 babies in the UK. But a troll posted a repulsive message on the official Derby County Twitter after Sharp scored the first out of two goals for United during a 3-1 victory on Saturday. The Twitter user called Jordan Byrne, believed to be a Rams fan, shockingly wrote ‘dead son’.(top left) This was followed by a string of people hitting out at the sick comment.(bottom left) Also pictured: Sharp with his girlfriend, Jade,(right) and playing for Sheffield United against Derby County(middle).
'I feel like I'm losing my mind': New York man goes viral with a harrowing tale of an evil dead child who he believes is 'HAUNTING' his apartment and trying to 'kill him'
New Yorker Adam Ellis claims that a terrifying childlike entity named 'Dear David' has crossed from his nightmares into the real world. In a lengthy Twitter thread he recounts a number of strange occurrences including his cats staring at the door at midnight every night and unmarked calls. It's proved a riveting read for many users, and the first tweet of the thread has been shared more than 50,000 times.
Moment father, 51, is snared by vigilantes after he turned up to have sex with a teenager who is younger than his own son
Mark Wood thought he had been talking to a 14-year-old boy named John on gay dating app, Grindr. He was unaware that he had actually been communicating with the anti-paedophile vigilante group, Silent Justice. After arranging to meet with 'John', Wood, of Warwickshire, was confronted by the group's founder, Daniel Hurst, who streamed the confrontation live on Facebook. In the video, which was streamed for 45 minutes, Mr Hirst confronts Wood as he is waiting.
British student, 23, dies in Thai balcony fall as friends demand investigation into her death three days before she was due to return to the UK
Police ruled out foul play after Maxine Missick (pictured), 23, was found dead in a hotel room in Hat Yai, southern Thailand, on Friday - but her friends say she was happy and planning for her future. 'We spoke at 6pm on the night before she died,' said her best friend Tom Kayzee, 23. He added: 'She was talking about her plans to return to the UK and be a VIP guest for us at the party.' Maxine, who is originally from the British overseas territories of Turks and Caicos near the Bahamas, had studied Biomedical Sciences in the UK before taking an internship in Penang, Malaysia. was staying at the 33-storey high Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel (inset, her room) on the Saneha Nusorn road in the city
'Drunk' Polish lorry driver accused of killing eight people in M1 horror crash 'was twice the drink limit and had STOPPED in the middle of the slow lane for 12 MINUTES'
Polish-born Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, sobbed in the dock at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court today (right) where he appeared in connection with Britain's most deadly road crash for a generation. Six men and two women travelling in a minibus including its much-loved driver Cyriac Joseph (top left) and IT expert Vivek Baskaran (bottom left) died in the worst tragedy on Britain's roads for nearly 25 years. Their minibus is said to have swerved to avoid Masierak's stationary Scania lorry in lane one only to be 'squashed flat' (inset) as it collided with a second lorry in lane two near Newport Pagnell at 3.15am on Saturday morning. Masierak, whose former flatmate said he is living in his car after splitting with his wife, is accused of eight counts of causing death by dangerous, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving. Mr Joseph's son Benson, wife Ancy and daughter Bennita prayed for him in church yesterday (bottom right) at a special memorial service in his honour in Nottingham yesterday.
Mother is left with a severed Achilles tendon after carrier bag rips and bottle of Lambrini smashes and explodes seconds after she bought it from Tesco
WARNING: Graphic content. Eve Weller, 26, had bought the alcohol just seconds earlier and walking home when the bottle ripped through a carrier bag and shattered on the pavement. A large shard of glass went straight through the back of her ankle and sliced her tendon and down to the bone. Surgeons were able to re-attach the fibres - which connect muscle to a bone - but the mother-of-two has been left in agony and unable to walk. The sales leader from Plymouth, Devon, has hit out at the supermarket for their 'inadequate' bags.
Notting THRILL carnival! Dancers spill out of their VERY revealing costumes as thousands take to the streets for day two of the event
The streets of west London are packed with people enjoying the Caribbean music and food on a scorching bank holiday Monday, with the mercury soaring to 84F (29C). And on the main parade day scores of scantily-clad performers are adorned in glitter and feathers, while other revellers have been photographed in the road 'daggering' - a Jamaican dance from that combines dry sex and wrestling. The festivities were put on hold at 3pm to observe a minute's silence in memory of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire. With 155 arrests made on Sunday - more than double the number on the corresponding day the previous year - police will be hoping for a quieter finale than 12 months ago, when 245 people were detained amid scenes of chaos on the Monday.
'All options are on the table': Trump sends ominous warning to Kim Jong-un after North Korean leader launches missile over Japan forcing Seoul to retaliate with eight bombs near border
U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement that he had received Kim Jong-un's message 'loud and clear' after this morning's missile test, and that it signalled ‘contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior’. Trump added that ‘all options are on the table' when it comes to solving the issue with North Korea. It followed a threat by South Korea to 'exterminate' Kim Jong-un if he continues to risk the safety of its population. Within hours of the missile launch, South Korea had responded with 'overwhelming show of force' by bombing a shooting range in Taebaek, Gangwon-do province, near its border to the North as part of a military drill, launching footage which contained a stern warning to Kim Jong-Un. The rocket, reportedly a mid-range ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload, was fired from a region near the capital Pyongyang over Japan. It broke into three pieces off the coast of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean, around 700 miles east of Cape Erimo, after travelling 1,700m in eight minutes.
Two million Muslims arrive at Mecca in Saudi Arabia for hajj pilgrimage two years after stampede killed more than 2,000 believers
This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran, after a deadly stampede at Mecca killed nearly 2,300 pilgrims in 2016. Four hundred and sixty four Iranians were among the fatalities and the incident was considered the worst catastrophe in the history of the hajj. The pilgrimage also comes at a time where the Gulf is embroiled in its worst ever political crisis, with Saudi Arabia and its allies facing off against Qatar, which they accuse of being too close to Iran and backing extremism. Pictured, thousands of Muslims gather around the Kaaba, at the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca and inset, worshippers visit Mount Al-Noor, also in the holy city in Saudi Arabia.
Indian guru jailed for raping two women and suspected of dozens more attacks was a 'wild beast' who deserves no mercy, judge says after 38 supporters were killed in riots after guilty verdict
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was revered by his followers but 'acted like a wild beast and did not deserve any mercy', a judge ruled when jailing him for 20 years. Singh was convicted on Friday of raping the two women at the sprawling headquarters of his hugely popular Dera Sacha Sauda sect in the northern state of Haryana, in a case dating back more than 15 years.
When the Schit hits the fans: Russia unveils its appropriately-named new anti-riot truck which can break up protests or football violence
Vladimir Putin has introduced the newest weapon in his arsenal - the enormous Schit machine designed to take his country's crowd control to the next level. The giant anti-riot vehicle is the work of Russia's largest arms manufacturer and the company behind the Kalashnikov rifle. The exact specifications of the monster vehicle have yet to be released, but it looks similar to an 18-tonne police vehicle called The Bozena Riot, made in Slovakia, engineered to protect officers from football hooligans, violent mobs, and aggressive political protesters. Russia's model the Schit - which translates to 'shield' - has been built by Kalashnikov Concern, which produces 95 percent of the weapons in the country and supplies arms to 27 nations around the world.