Andy Carroll targeted by armed robbers

The West Ham striker was targeted on his way home from training on Wednesday

Andy Caroll, West Ham United,

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West Ham's Andy Carroll was targeted by gunmen in an attempted robbery as he was returning from a training session with his side on Wednesday. 

The striker's car was stopped at a junction on his way home at around 1pm, when two men pulled up alongside him on motorbikes and gestured to him that they were carrying weapons. 

The robbers attempted to then block in his vehicle, but the player managed to drive away, only to be pursued by them through the streets as he returned to the training ground at Rush Green to seek assistance from the security staff.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement that the West Ham star called them as well, but that "the suspects rode off prior to the arrival of police."

West Ham also released a statement about the incident saying: "West Ham United can confirm an incident targeting one of our players on Wednesday 2 November. The matter is now being handled by the police."

According to Sky Sports, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department at Redbridge, in north-east London, are in charge of the investigation, but that no arrests have been made yet.