World Cup - ITV's Ian Wright 'flown home after wife and kids burgled, held at knifepoint'

Former England striker and ITV pundit Ian Wright has reportedly flown home from Brazil after his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint in London.

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World Cup - ITV's Ian Wright 'flown home after wife and kids burgled, held at knifepoint'
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It is understood that four men armed with knives made their way into his north-west London home and held his wife and children forcefully before making off with personal possessions.

The former Arsenal striker is understood to have dashed back to the UK after learning the gang had held a blade to his wife Nancy's throat, and reportedly shouted "punch her, kill her!"

The gang are also said to have threatened to slice off the children’s fingers if Nancy didn't hand over cash and jewellery, after forcing their way into her home when she answered the door around 9.20pm last night.

Steve Kutner, Wright’s manager, told the Sun: “It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian’s wife from room to room. I would like to thank ITV for helping Ian to get home as quickly as possible.”

The ITV football expert, who was at the World Cup in Brazil with the broadcasting team, last night tweeted: "You won't get away with it."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in north-west London after we were called at 9.20 last night.

"Personal possessions were stolen. The suspects are described as four black men aged between 18 and 25, with London accents, wearing dark clothing and hoodies obscuring their faces."

It has been reported by The Sun that the former Arsenal striker dashed back from the World Cup after learning the gang had held a blade to his wife Nancy's throat.

The 50-year-old is understood to have immediately left where he was staying in Brazil to get back home to join his family after the incident.

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