TV presenter Ant and his mother attacked outside London pub
TV presenter Ant McPartlin was put in a headlock by a gang of thugs in an unprovoked attack outside a pub.
The 38-year-old had been pestered by the individuals dressed in hoodies at the bar in Chiswick in London.
The star was harassed by the group as he tried to enjoy his meal with his mother Christine and an aunt.
They began banging on the window and using their phones to film the family.
When the ITV host went outside to ask them to stop, one of the youths grabbed him by the head.
His 58-year-old mother ran outside to help and was thrown to the ground before the thugs ran away.
A witness told the Sun newspaper, ‘‘‘The youths were banging on the window, filming them and generally being a pain — and they just wouldn’t let it lie.’’
The source said the TV personality acted calmly asking them, “Leave it out, lads, I’m just having a quiet meal.”
‘‘But it immediately turned really nasty and one of them jumped on him and put him in a head-lock,’’ they recalled.
The star was left ‘‘furious and shaken’’ after his mother was thrown to the pavement during the incident on Thursday.
Award-winning TV presenters Ant and Dec
Ant reportedly called the police but the gang had fled by the time they arrived and no further action was taken.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told the newspaper, ‘‘At 8.13pm on Thursday March 13 there were reports of an assault in Spencer Road, Chiswick.’’
‘‘Police attended but no allegation was made and no one suffered any notable injuries,’’ he added.
Ant was also attacked by a youth in 2011 while he was watching football in the Barley Mow pub in Chiswick.