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  • Site manager, 48, intervened before the thugs could raid the West London store 
  • Father-of-three was hit with an axe and metal bar as well as slashed on the leg
  • The three would-be thieves fled the scene empty-handed after his intervention 

Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

A brave builder took on three would-be thieves armed with axes and hammers as they attempted to raid a jewellers.

Moped-riding thugs slashed the site manager when he tried to stop them raiding Boodles in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge.

The 48-year-old from Eastern Europe – who wished to remain anonymous – stopped the gang’s attempt by stepping in.

A moped gang wielding axes and hammers have smashed its way into an exclusive jewellers in upmarket Knightsbridge.

A father-of-three, he told the Evening Standard how he feared death during the attack in West London on Monday.

They tried to ram a Land Rover into the store, but were stopped by the construction worker after he saw them behaving suspiciously.

He intervened when he saw the group heading toward a Land Rover with a man inside, leading him to jump in when he feared the person was going to be attacked. 

Forensics begin in the investigation into the ram raid, in which one member of staff was injured

Some of the thugs drove a Range Rover (shown) into the front window of Boodles in Sloane Street before attempting to make off with jewels worth tens of thousands of pounds

‘I grabbed one of the guys and we started fighting,’ he said. ‘He had a metal bar he was hitting me with and at the same time stabbing me with something sharp like a screwdriver. 

‘I was getting the better of him then another guy with an axe joined in and was chopping at me. He got me in the leg and the back. I thought I was going to be killed.’

The site worker believes it’s only the fact that he was wearing two jackets that saved his life. 

He required 10 stitches in his leg and sustained a punctured lung as well as minor injuries all over his body.

Metropolitan Police told MailOnline that the injuries sustained by the victim were not believed to be life threatening

Metropolitan Police told MailOnline that the injuries sustained by the victim were not believed to be life threatening

Metropolitan Police told MailOnline that the injuries sustained by the victim were not believed to be life threatening

After colleagues described him as a ‘hero’, he said ‘we have to stand up to these people’ and said he was even keen to join the police force.  

The botched raid happened at about 11am on Monday in front of tourists and shoppers.  

Crime scene pictures showed the shopfront smashed as the abandoned Land Rover was parked on the pavement after failing to smash through newly installed Warrior doors.

The doors – designed to withstand a massive impact – were installed after another scooter gang attempted a raid at the same store.  

  

 

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