‘Voice of cricket’ Henry Blofeld, 78, reveals he is swapping ‘horribly violent’ London for Spain after a thug on a moped stabbed his friend

Cricket commentator Henry Blofeld has revealed he is leaving his home in Londonbecause it is ‘horribly violent.’

The legendary voice of the sport, who retired last summer, said he plans to swap Chelsea for the Spanish island of Menorca by the end of the year.

Blofeld, affectionately known as ‘Blowers’ who was a fan favourite on the BBC‘s Test Match Special, also told how a friend was knifed by a moped gang.

The capital has been gripped by a crimewave this year with the Met Police launching more than 100 homicide investigations.

Henry Blofeld has revealed he is leaving London because it is 'horribly violent'

Henry Blofeld, (while on the BBC’s Test Match Special, and right) affectionately known as ‘Blowers told how a friend was knifed by a moped gang

 

The 78-year-old, who commentated on cricket for 45 years, also told how ‘you don’t see many Englishmen where I live.’

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I’ve sort of become a bit bored of Chelsea after 60 years, though I’ll be back a lot.

‘I don’t like it (London) any more. I think it’s become, not exactly dangerous, but it is horribly violent isn’t it?

‘I had a friend who was knifed from one of those mopeds, and you don’t see too many Englishmen where I live.’

Blofeld speaks to fellow Tes Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew in July last year. He retired after 45 years last summer

Blofeld speaks to fellow Tes Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew in July last year. He retired after 45 years last summer

He added that he felt London had ‘lost its village atmosphere and charm’, and that Menorca had a good climate, good friends and a ‘marvellous little cricket club’.

Mr Blofeld was known for his unmistakable style and offbeat references to everything from pigeons to cakes made him one of cricket’s most recognisable voices over the airwaves for nearly half a century.

His decision to leave comes as the London crimewave shows no signs of letting up, with surging numbers of knife attacks and up to 60 moped robberies a day.

There have so far been 101 killings this year – while there were 116 total in 2017.

Incidents involving blades at a seven-year high.

Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick is coming under increasing pressure to stamp out the rising tide of violence.

Earlier this week she denied parts of London are ‘no go areas’ for police, but admitted that locals do sometimes cheer for criminals being tackled by her officers.

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Cressida Dick

The Met Police commissioner declined to comment on what happened, but insisted such incidents are rare and most of her officers are supported in their work in the capital.

In June  Miss Dick said the Met Police would be ‘naive’ to think cuts to rank-and-file officers failed to have an impact on the rising levels of crime.

Last month official figures revealed the number of manslaughter cases in England and Wales now stands at their highest level since 2008.

Killings have increased by 12 per cent – up from 627 last year to 701 – while knife offences have surged by 16 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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