Hard as nails


Tough as nails. This guy did an outstanding job against scumbags with sledgehammers intent on robbing a jewellery store in London.

A security guard described ‘a solid egg’ by a colleague appeared bloodied outside a London jewellers today after defending the shop against masked raiders with bats and sledgehammers.

The man, known only as Johnny, held the door of royal jeweller William & Son in Mayfair against eight men as they smashed in the bullet-proof glass leaving him with blood running down his face.

According to witness Laurence Davis, who owns specialist tobacconist Sautter cigars across the street, the attack went on for five minutes before the raiders gave up and left empty-handed.   

He said: ‘I saw three mopeds drive up, on them were men in black leathers, two with maroon helmets, the rest with black.

‘They mounted the kerb and ran at the shop wielding four sledgehammers and two metal baseball bats.

‘Johnny, the security guard – I don’t know his surname – was standing just inside the door. He managed to lock the left hand side.

‘The right hand side of the door was flapping loose but he held it shut with his body.

‘They kept smashing at the door with the sledgehammers – these were heavy duty hammers as long as your arm.

‘It was unbelievable he was a real hero the way he bravely stood there as the door smashed into him.

‘They must have smashed at the door about 30 times. Each time it slammed into him and there were splinters of glass raining down from the door onto him, he was bleeding from cuts to the head.

‘I think the glass was bullet proof, they would have been through our door in no time if it wasn’t.

‘They kept this up for about three minutes, while smoke started pouring from the shop – its security system. Then the shop grills began to come down.

‘By that time they realised they would not get in and jumped on their mopeds and sped off in the direction of Berkeley Square.’

Quick thinking, a solid manly disposition and a body of a finely tuned athlete thwarted these robbers.


– Daily Mail

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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