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Mesut Ozil robber begs for mercy as a fellow inmate attacks him in leaked footage shot behind bars 

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Ashley Smith, of Archway, north London, was jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob the men of luxury watches worth £200,000. He was filmed begging for mercy as a fellow inmate attacked him in prison

Ashley Smith, of Archway, north London, was jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob the men of luxury watches worth £200,000. He was filmed begging for mercy as a fellow inmate attacked him in prison

Ashley Smith, of Archway, north London, was jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob the men of luxury watches worth £200,000. He was filmed begging for mercy as a fellow inmate attacked him in prison

The robber who was jailed for trying to mug Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac was filmed begging for mercy as a fellow inmate attacked him in prison.

Ashley Smith, of Archway, north London, was jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob the men of luxury watches worth £200,000.

Sead Kolasinac, 26, was filmed on CCTV chasing the moped gangsters around a £165,000 Mercedes G-wagon containing Ozil and his wife Amine in Hampstead, north London, in July.

Footage of attack on Smith, taken from within HMP Pentonville, London, using a smuggled mobile phone, shows the robber saying ‘it weren’t me’ as his face was punched by the attacker. 

Smith can be seen lying on the floor of a prison cell trying to shield his face, The Sunday Mirror reports.

Smith says: ‘It weren’t me though. I swear to god. I can’t see.’

During his trial, Harrow Crown Court heard that Smith and his accomplice Jordan Northover, 26, did not count on the bravery of Bosnian defender Kolasinac in fighting back.

The attack on Smith, filmed at HMP Pentonville, London, using a smuggled mobile phone, shows the robber saying 'it weren't me' as his face was punched by the attacker

The attack on Smith, filmed at HMP Pentonville, London, using a smuggled mobile phone, shows the robber saying 'it weren't me' as his face was punched by the attacker

The attack on Smith, filmed at HMP Pentonville, London, using a smuggled mobile phone, shows the robber saying ‘it weren’t me’ as his face was punched by the attacker

Ozil drove his wife and the other footballer from the ambush as the would-be robbers pursued them on a stolen moped and threw stones.

Smith was described by judge Ian Bourne QC as a prolific ‘career criminal’. 

He was out on licence for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to carry out the street robbery on the Arsenal pair.

He had been released in connection with a burglary offence in January.

CCTV footage of the attack showed Smith's accomplice Northover pulling the knife on Kolasinac and using it to jab at his face and neck - but the hardman didn't flinch as he squared up to the robbers and tried to knock them out

CCTV footage of the attack showed Smith's accomplice Northover pulling the knife on Kolasinac and using it to jab at his face and neck - but the hardman didn't flinch as he squared up to the robbers and tried to knock them out

CCTV footage of the attack showed Smith’s accomplice Northover pulling the knife on Kolasinac and using it to jab at his face and neck – but the hardman didn’t flinch as he squared up to the robbers and tried to knock them out

Smith had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery. 

CCTV footage of the attack showed Smith’s accomplice Northover pulling the knife on Kolasinac and using it to jab at his face and neck – but the hardman didn’t flinch as he squared up to the robbers and tried to knock them out.

As the robbers panicked, Mr Ozil screamed to his teammate to ‘jump in’, sparking a mile-long high-speed chase through north London before the 4×4 was abandoned outside a Golders Green Turkish restaurant where the footballers and Mrs Ozil ran inside and called the police.

How the moped gang took on the wrong man: Arsenal’s Bosnian ‘Tank’ came out fighting

Best friends Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in a warm up

Best friends Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in a warm up

Best friends Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in a warm up

The would-be robbers picked on the wrong man when they took on the man they call The Tank.

Sead Kolasinac, the no-nonsense 6ft Bosnian international, was born in Germany to refugee parents who fled the hardships of the war in their Balkan homeland.

And he revels in his ‘pretty cool’ nicknames, Destroyer as well as The Tank.

His father, Faik, said his son’s physical statue was down to the family’s Bosniak roots. ‘It’s all about genetics,’ he said.

The Kolasinac family settled in Karlsruhe where Faik worked at a local Mercedes-Benz factory to support his wife and children.

‘I have Germany to thank for everything, just like my family,’ Sead said in 2017. ‘At that time it was not easy as a refugee. In my country there was a war, it was not easy to go to Germany and gain a foothold. Germany made that possible.’

Young Sead, seldom seen without a football at his feet, soon attracted attention of German teams but never forgot his roots.

Every week he would return to his mother’s kitchen for burek and traditional tarts. And the whole family make an annual pilgrimage back their former village of Domanovici. According to his father, Kolasinac adores being among his people.

The traditional family life has continued with Sead, who married long-time girlfriend and social media influencer Bella just last month in Baden, Germany.

He met her while he was playing at German side Schalke 04, where the five-years-older Mesut Ozil took him under his wing, the pair bonding over their shared Muslim faith.

The religion played a significant part in Kolasinac’s upbringing, with the youngster often skipping school to go to Islamic classes in the mosque.  

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Endurance athlete sets new world record after running 196 marathons across every nation in 22 months

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A banker turned endurance athlete has set a new world record after running 196 marathons in every nation on earth in just 22 months.

Nick Butter, 30, quit banking and embarked on an expedition in January last year after being inspired by a friend who had cancer.

He has been through ten passports and covered 5,130 miles in organised events across seven continents, including the Sahara Desert and Antarctica.  

Nick Butter, 30, has set a new world record after running 96 marathons in every nation on earth in just 22 months. Today he completed the final event - the Authentic Marathon in Athens, Greece

Nick Butter, 30, has set a new world record after running 96 marathons in every nation on earth in just 22 months. Today he completed the final event - the Authentic Marathon in Athens, Greece

Nick Butter, 30, has set a new world record after running 96 marathons in every nation on earth in just 22 months. Today he completed the final event – the Authentic Marathon in Athens, Greece

Nick's final marathon with the man who inspired him Kevin Webber (centre). He got to know him over a five-day event when Mr Webber revealed he had terminal cancer

Nick's final marathon with the man who inspired him Kevin Webber (centre). He got to know him over a five-day event when Mr Webber revealed he had terminal cancer

Nick’s final marathon with the man who inspired him Kevin Webber (centre). He got to know him over a five-day event when Mr Webber revealed he had terminal cancer

On average Nick has completed three marathons in three new countries every week for the last 96 weeks.

This means he burned an estimated 1.5 million calories in 5.1 million steps during the 675-day adventure. 

And in the process has been through 120 Visas, hit by a car, bitten by a dog, broken his elbow and even been shot at.

He completed the final event in the Authentic Marathon in Athens, Greece, today, and hopes to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Nick is pictured running with children in Naimey, in the west African country of Niger. He has said: 'You don't know when you're time is going to run out, so get out there and chase your dreams today - as Kevin said, don't wait for the diagnosis'

Nick is pictured running with children in Naimey, in the west African country of Niger. He has said: 'You don't know when you're time is going to run out, so get out there and chase your dreams today - as Kevin said, don't wait for the diagnosis'

Nick is pictured running with children in Naimey, in the west African country of Niger. He has said: ‘You don’t know when you’re time is going to run out, so get out there and chase your dreams today – as Kevin said, don’t wait for the diagnosis’

Nick, from Dorset, described his travels as ‘the most incredible experience’ as he has ‘seen things you wouldn’t even imagine possible’. 

While it took two years of planning and appeared initially ‘daunting’, he revealed how ‘eyeopening’ it was. He lived in airports and and hotel rooms as he made his global travels.

Nick has made around 2,000 new phone contacts from people he met across the world – and claimed they were the ‘best part’ of his experience        

He is pictured running in Nepal and believes 'the idea of teaching kids about things like a Nepalese prayer wheel is just amazing'. The former banker has two books planned to be released in 2020 and a 1,000 day running expedition in the pipeline for 2021

He is pictured running in Nepal and believes 'the idea of teaching kids about things like a Nepalese prayer wheel is just amazing'. The former banker has two books planned to be released in 2020 and a 1,000 day running expedition in the pipeline for 2021

He is pictured running in Nepal and believes ‘the idea of teaching kids about things like a Nepalese prayer wheel is just amazing’. The former banker has two books planned to be released in 2020 and a 1,000 day running expedition in the pipeline for 2021

Nick poses for a photo in a UN compound in Somalia during his travels which saw him get through ten passports. He got 201 flights covering 13,500 miles between countries, along with 45 train journeys, 15 buses and 280 taxis, on his adventure

Nick poses for a photo in a UN compound in Somalia during his travels which saw him get through ten passports. He got 201 flights covering 13,500 miles between countries, along with 45 train journeys, 15 buses and 280 taxis, on his adventure

Nick poses for a photo in a UN compound in Somalia during his travels which saw him get through ten passports. He got 201 flights covering 13,500 miles between countries, along with 45 train journeys, 15 buses and 280 taxis, on his adventure

He said: ‘Sure, the views I’ve seen have been breathtaking – but it’s the little kids running next to me wanting to hold my hand in some country I’ve never heard of before in Africa that has been the most amazing bit for me.

‘It’s gone so fast, yet at the same time feels like I’ve been doing it forever, it’s a weird reality and I can’t believe I’m at the finish line.’

The former banker, who has taken part in global marathons, met fellow runner Kevin Webber in 2016 during the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco. He got to know him over a five-day event when Mr Webber revealed he had terminal cancer.

He jogs along a rain-soaked road in Nepal in a group during his global adventure and while he says the views were breathtaking, it was the people he met which was the 'best part'

He jogs along a rain-soaked road in Nepal in a group during his global adventure and while he says the views were breathtaking, it was the people he met which was the 'best part'

He jogs along a rain-soaked road in Nepal in a group during his global adventure and while he says the views were breathtaking, it was the people he met which was the ‘best part’

Mr Webber, who was diagnosed two years earlier, took part in marathons to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK  

And when he told Kevin ‘don’t wait for the diagnosis’, this ‘struck a chord’ and ‘knew’ he had raise money for the charity. 

‘Kevin changed my life that day and in the months that followed, I quit my job at the bank and swapped my suit for running shorts forever.’

The athlete, from Dorset, snaps a quick selfie during the London Marathon in April this year

The athlete, from Dorset, snaps a quick selfie during the London Marathon in April this year

The athlete, from Dorset, snaps a quick selfie during the London Marathon in April this year

He stands in a group of people wearing Prostate Cancer UK vests in Athens, as he embarks on the Authentic Marathon in Greece's capital. Since setting off on his travels, he has raised a further £63,000 for Prostate Cancer UK on his Just Giving page as well as about £20,000 in external donations

He stands in a group of people wearing Prostate Cancer UK vests in Athens, as he embarks on the Authentic Marathon in Greece's capital. Since setting off on his travels, he has raised a further £63,000 for Prostate Cancer UK on his Just Giving page as well as about £20,000 in external donations

He stands in a group of people wearing Prostate Cancer UK vests in Athens, as he embarks on the Authentic Marathon in Greece’s capital. Since setting off on his travels, he has raised a further £63,000 for Prostate Cancer UK on his Just Giving page as well as about £20,000 in external donations

He motivated Nick to ‘get out there’ and do what he is ‘really passionate about whilst raising money for charity’.  

Nick raised an initial £46,000 in donations to cover his costs and started his adventure running in -25 degrees Celsius in snowy Toronto, Canada in January 2018. 

He took 201 flights covering 13,500 miles between countries, along with 45 train journeys, 15 buses and 280 taxis.

Since setting off he has raised a further £63,000 for Prostate Cancer UK on his Just Giving page as well as about £20,000 in external donations.

The endurance athlete jumps into the air for a playful picture in front of a pyramid in Egypt

The endurance athlete jumps into the air for a playful picture in front of a pyramid in Egypt

The endurance athlete jumps into the air for a playful picture in front of a pyramid in Egypt

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Nick is seen sprinting along an empty road in Malawi and pictured right, in Lesotho, south Africa

With two books planned to be released in 2020 and a 1,000 day running expedition in the pipeline for 2021, Nick has set himself up for a busy return to his home in Dorset.

Set to run the circumference of Iceland in July 2020, he’s not hanging up his running shoes just yet and is embarking on a speaking tour to inspire others to follow their dreams. 

‘I’ve learnt so much about other countries and cultures throughout my journey, and the idea of teaching kids about things like a Nepalese prayer wheel is just amazing to me.

Pictured in headphones, Nick goes for a jog along the waterfront in New Zealand. And today he is continuing to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

Pictured in headphones, Nick goes for a jog along the waterfront in New Zealand. And today he is continuing to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

Pictured in headphones, Nick goes for a jog along the waterfront in New Zealand. And today he is continuing to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

‘The average human lives for 29,747 days, and if you’re British, you spend about 9 years watching television, so it’s interesting to get people thinking about how much time you waste not doing something you’re truly passionate about.

‘You don’t know when you’re time is going to run out, so get out there and chase your dreams today – as Kevin said, don’t wait for the diagnosis.’

Nick is continuing to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and has a Just Giving page set up to help him reach his £250,000 target.

 

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Russian don had severed arms in backpack

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A well-known history professor has been pulled from a river with a backpack containing severed arms in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

Oleg Sokolov, who works at St Petersburg State University, has been arrested on suspicion of killing a female student after he was found in the Moika River on Saturday.

Police later reportedly found the student’s body in his apartment.

Lawyer Alexander Pochuev said Sokolov, an expert in French revolutionary military history, had signed a statement of guilt, according to reports.

He was hospitalised with hypothermia on Saturday but taken to a police station for questioning on Sunday.

Reports said Sokolov had been given France’s Legion of Honour award for his work.

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Woman given £400,000 bill for driving a hired Mercedes while her accident claim was being resolved

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A woman was given a £400,000 bill for the hired Mercedes she drove while her accident claim was being resolved.

Susan Harries drove her Audi, worth £10,000, into a parked Honda in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

For three years, Mrs Harries hired a Mercedes C220 costing her £300 per day.

In total, the bill came to £400,000.

Susan Harries was given a £400,000 bill for a hired Mercedes she drove while awaiting an accident claim judgment (stock image)

Susan Harries was given a £400,000 bill for a hired Mercedes she drove while awaiting an accident claim judgment (stock image)

Susan Harries was given a £400,000 bill for a hired Mercedes she drove while awaiting an accident claim judgment (stock image)

She rented the car through an independent firm that offered to cover the cost of the rental, but only if she was not to blame for the crash.

These sorts of firms can approach drivers after an accident with offers while the driver’s insurer works out who is to blame.

They typically claim the cost of the hire from the at-fault driver’s insurer, but only if the person who takes out the policy is not at fault.

If they are at fault, they need to pay the bill themselves. 

Many people opt to use these companies if getting a hire car through their insurer would impact their no claims or if their excess is too expensive. 

For three years, Mrs Harries hired a Mercedes C220 costing her £300 per day. In September, Mrs Harries appeared in Nottingham County Court (pictured) accusing Kevin Baguley of reversing his Honda into her path

For three years, Mrs Harries hired a Mercedes C220 costing her £300 per day. In September, Mrs Harries appeared in Nottingham County Court (pictured) accusing Kevin Baguley of reversing his Honda into her path

For three years, Mrs Harries hired a Mercedes C220 costing her £300 per day. In September, Mrs Harries appeared in Nottingham County Court (pictured) accusing Kevin Baguley of reversing his Honda into her path

Richard Hiscocks from insurer Aviva told The Sun that Mrs Harries’s case ‘highlights how far credit hire organisations are willing to go to pursue profit.’

In September, Mrs Harries appeared in court claiming that Kevin Baguley reversed his Honda into the path of her car. 

The crash was found to be because of Mrs Harries’s ‘negligent driving’, Nottingham County Court heard. 

A judge said that the four separate witness statements Mrs Harries provided to support what she claimed turned out to be connected to the car recovery company she used.

These witnesses put her in contact with the independent firm that ended up loaning her the car.

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