Gang tied up Ashley Cole and threatened to cut his fingers off during ‘violent’ robbery, as well as targeting former Premier League midfielder Tom Huddlestone April 12, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

A robber threatened to cut off former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole’s fingers with pliers during a burglary at his home, a court has heard.

Nottingham Crown Court was told Cole, who is currently a coach alongside Frank Lampard at Everton, was led around his house whilst cable-tied during the ordeal.

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The robbery on Cole’s house is said to have taken place in January 2020

Kurtis Dilks, 34, is accused of being part of a four-strong gang who broke into the home of the former left-back before stealing jewellery, mobile phones and a BMW key in January 2020.

The couple’s two young children were in the house at the time and his partner Sharon Canu tried to call police as she hid in a wardrobe.

Prosecutor Michael Brady QC told the court: “The next thing Ms Canu knew was when one of the robbers opened the wardrobe door and took the phone from her while she was talking to the police.

“She then saw Mr Cole on his knees with his hands tied behind his back.”

The court heard Dilks was also accused of raiding the home of ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Mr Brady told jurors Huddlestone’s home was targeted in a “well-planned operation” while he was playing a match for his ex-club Derby.


Huddlestone’s house is also said to have been targeted by Dilks

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Huddlestone’s house is also said to have been targeted by Dilks

Dilks, Ashley Cumberpatch, and Andrew MacDonald are accused of conspiring to rob Huddlestone’s wife, Joanna Dixon, of £500,000 of jewellery and handbags, including her wedding and engagement rings.

Jurors were told robbers tied her hands behind her back with cable ties, with one saying: “Don’t make this difficult, we don’t want to manhandle you.”

The defendants deny all charges. The trial continues.

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