barrister proven on CCTV being ambushed by machete-wielding thugs has collected an 84,000-name petition calling for the blades to be banned from on-line sale.
Andrew Dinsmore was strolling alongside a Chelsea road together with his fiancée after a meal at a restaurant when he was confronted by the robbers, who jumped off a scooter and ripped his watch
from his wrist, the video exhibits. He mentioned one among them screamed “give me your f****** watch” whereas waving a machete in his face.
Mr Dinsmore, 32, who can also be a Tory councillor for Hammersmith and Fulham, mentioned after the incident he had researched how simple it was to purchase a machete on-line. He discovered that not solely have been they simple to order however really helpful purchases when ordering a machete embody balaclavas.
Mr Dinsmore informed the Commonplace: “Machetes are all over the place and are being utilized in terrifying crimes. You should purchase them on-line, with retailers attempting to promote you a balaclava on the similar time.
“This has to cease. There isn’t any respectable use for these weapons. We banned flip blades, we banned samurai swords, now we have to ban machetes.”
Recounting the incident on Previous Church Road on Might 2, Mr Dinsmore, informed the Commonplace: “We had simply had dinner and have been strolling alongside in broad daylight.
“The moped rode as much as us — one among them pulled a machete from his tracksuit. He threatened me and stored saying ‘give me the f****** watch’.
“I let him have it. It had nice sentimental worth however I feared for my life. My fiancée truly thought it was some sort of terror assault, it was completely terrifying.”
One male has pleaded responsible to conspiracy to rob Mr Dinsmore. He will likely be sentenced at a date but to be mounted. A second male has pleaded not responsible to conspiracy to rob. His trial date has been set for October 31.
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