Paul McCartney reveals one of his eight grandchildren was robbed at knifepoint in wild west London and calls rampant crime in the capital ‘scary’
- The former Beatle said it was ‘scary’ how much knife crime there is in the UK
- He said his unnamed grandson regretted not thumping his attacker
- But McCartney said the worst thing you can do is react when a knife is pulled
- He recalled a similar incident when he was young and his watch was stolen
Sir Paul McCartney has revealed one of his grandsons was mugged at knifepoint in London and said it is ‘scary’ how much knife crime there is at the moment.
The former Beatle, 77, did not identify which grandson had their phone stolen in the attack but advised not to react if a knife is pulled on you.
The grandfather of eight aged between seven and 20 said the episode reminded him of when he was attacked while growing up in Liverpool.
Paul McCartney (pictured with grandson Arthur and daughter Mary) has revealed one of his grandsons was mugged at knifepoint in London
He told The Times: ‘In London, one of my grandkids, one of my older grandkids, was mugged and got his phone taken.
‘He was saying the worst thing was that he should have just thumped the guy; he came back and felt a coward.
‘I said: “No, no, no, no! The guy had a knife and you don’t know, the guy might be able to use that knife”. So it is scary these days.’
It comes amid a crime wave in London which has seen 92 murders this year as politicians and police struggle to deal with knife crime in what has been labelled ‘Wild West’ Britain.
The legendary singer-songwriter then recalled an incident from his youth when four men crowded around him and stole his watch.
The singer, pictured with Mary (left) and Stella (right), each mothers to four of his grandchildren, said he found the current level of knife crime ‘scary’
McCartney, who has four grandchildren by daughter Mary and another four by daughter Stella, preached kindness and love and said each generation faces its own dangers.
Fashion designer Stella, 47, shared an adorable photo on Instagram of her and Mary squeezing inside a T-shirt together for her sister’s 50th birthday on Wednesday.
She said: ‘Celebrating this soulmate’s birth 50 years ago today. Mary, I love you more than you will ever know, more than I can even put into words. You’re with me every single day… A true stellar sister! x Stella.’
Stella shared these adorable photos of her and sister Mary to celebrate her 50th birthday