Seven News European correspondent Laurel Irving and her cameraman were the victims of brazen robbers in London overnight, when two masked men on bikes stole their news camera.
Irving told 3AW 10pm she had just finished filming a live cross to Sunrise at around 10pm local time in the Islington borough, surrounded by up-market restaurants and pubs.
“I was really busy and noted that they were wearing balaclavas, which you would think would be a dead giveaway as to their intentions,” she told 3AW’s Ross and John.
“I started talking into the camera and while that was happening one of them walked up to Jimmy, my cameraman, and started talking to him.
“All of a sudden Jimmy took the camera off the tripod . At which point I stepped in and said, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’
“I tried to grab the camera to stop it and Jimmy said, ‘No, no, he’s got a gun!’
“So I let it go and they took off on the bike carrying this very expensive and large camera.”
However Irving also confirmed no weapon had been sighted.
“We never saw any weapons but Jimmy was convinced he didn’t at least have a gun, he had a knife.”
The camera is worth around $25,000. Police are investigating.
Both Seven staffers were unharmed in the incident.