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Michael McIntyre robbed by men on moped

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Image caption The robbery happened outside his children's school in Golders Green on Monday afternoon

Comedian Michael McIntyre was robbed by two men on a moped while he was parked outside his children's school, his publicist said.

The men smashed his car windows with a hammer on Monday before taking his watch and fleeing, it was reported.

His wife Kitty said the star was "fine" after the robbery at about 14:00 BST on North End Road in Golders Green, north-west London.

Asked if they were concerned about the family's safety, Ms McIntyre said "no".

"The victim was stationary in his car when two males on a moped smashed the car windows with a hammer before stealing property," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police said no injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

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Image caption The men reportedly smashed his window with a hammer
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Image caption Mr McIntyre was seen comforting his son after the attack

Local residents spoke to BBC Radio London following the robbery.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I've lived here for years, and normally the trouble is down the other end of the road towards Hampstead."

She said Hampstead seemed to be increasingly targeted because it is a wealthy area.

But another resident, who has lived on the leafy road for 30 years, said: "I'm not worried because I don't wear a Rolex and don't drive around in a Range Rover."

McIntyre is a stand-up comedian and host of Saturday night entertainment series Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

His UK tour in 2012, during which he played to over 700,000 people in 71 venues including 10 nights at London's O2 arena, reportedly earned the comic £21m.

McIntyre has also been a judge on Britain's Got Talent and has appeared on numerous quiz panel shows.

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Media captionThe London streets most affected by ride-by moped thefts

Meanwhile, a gang on scooters armed with knives and hammers reportedly raided a jewellery store in Regent Street.

Police said the suspects stole "several items of property".

One man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

BBC News correspondent Andy Moore said: "This is the sort of thing that's happening on a daily basis on London's streets.

"It is a problem elsewhere but it seems to be the capital is suffering terribly."

The number of offences carried out by criminals using mopeds in London has increased from 827 offences in 2012 to more than 23,000 last year.

Data obtained by the BBC showed during that period, more than 40% of such offences happened in just two boroughs - Camden and Islington.

Use our tool to see how badly your neighbourhood is affected (London only).

Moped Crimes in London

Oxford Street, West end

  • 4th worst out of 654 wards
  • 1,393 moped crimes in the last five years
  • 756 of them were in 2017
  • 113 moped crimes committed on Market Place
    (West End's most dangerous road since 2012)

Types of moped crimes for West End

Theft and handling: 1100
Robbery: 187
Burglary: 85
Violence: 11
Criminal damage: 7
Other: 3

Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Camden

  • 9th worst out of 654 wards
  • 752 moped crimes in the last five years
  • 622 of them were in 2017
  • 103 moped crimes committed on Regent's Park Road
    (Camden Town with Primrose Hill's most dangerous road since 2012)

Types of moped crimes for Camden

Theft and handling: 649
Robbery: 78
Burglary: 10
Violence: 8
Criminal damage: 5
Other: 2

South Kensington Museums, Brompton & Hans Town

  • 58th worst out of 654 wards
  • 161 moped crimes in the last five years
  • 105 of them were in 2017
  • 10 moped crimes were each committed on Egerton Garden Mews, Lucan Place and Sloane Street
    (Brompton & Hans Town's most dangerous roads since 2012)

Types of moped crimes for Brompton & Hans Town

Theft and handling: 73
Robbery: 61
Burglary: 18
Violence: 6
Criminal damage: 3
Other: 0

Buckingham Palace, St James's

  • 20th worst out of 654 wards
  • 386 moped crimes in the last five years
  • 166 of them were in 2017
  • 16 moped crimes were committed on Kean Street
    (St James's's most dangerous road since 2012)

Types of moped crimes for St James's

Theft and handling: 314
Robbery: 34
Burglary: 21
Violence: 10
Criminal damage: 6
Other: 1

Southbank, Cathedrals

  • 22nd worst out of 654 wards
  • 331 moped crimes in the last five years
  • 192 of them were in 2017
  • 26 moped crimes were committed on Southwark Street
    (Cathedrals's most dangerous road since 2012)

Types of moped crimes for Cathedrals

Theft and handling: 265
Robbery: 45
Burglary: 15
Violence: 3
Criminal damage: 3
Other: 0

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