Leyton News

Watch worth £70,000 stolen at gunpoint in Leyton

World-famous boxer Amir Khan was out with his wife when he had a gun pointed in his face
By Victoria Munro

The custom watch stolen in Leyton (credit: Met)
The custom watch stolen in Leyton (credit: Met)

A “one-off” watch worth £70,000 was stolen at gunpoint from a world-famous boxer in Leyton.

On 18th April, Amir Khan – a former world champion – was out with his wife Faryal in High Road, Leyton, when he had a “gun pointed in [his] face” by two men.

Amir handed over his watch and called the police, who said they arrived at the scene at around 9.15pm. No shots were fired and both Amir and his wife were unharmed.

Describing the incident on Twitter, Amir wrote: “I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was few steps behind me.

“Two men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we’re both safe.”

The Met Police confirmed there have been no arrests “at this very early stage” but that police “are following a number of enquiries”.


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This includes releasing an image of the high-value Franck Muller watch that was stolen, in the hopes it will be “easily recognised” if offered for sale.

Detective Constable Ben Grix said: “If you, or anyone you know is offered the watch at a discounted price please contact us immediately.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the robbery, has information, or has footage of the incident.

“If you were driving in the area around High Road, Leyton at the time of the offence and have dash-cam, please do check your footage for anything that might assist our investigation.

“The effects of being a victim of an armed offence go far beyond a loss of property. If you have information, please do the right thing and get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference CAD 6753/18Apr or, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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