JEREMY Kyle is used to dealing with heated conflicts on his morning show but nothing could have prepared him for the terrifying moment he was caught in a gang fight involving knife-wielding thugs.
The presenter sparked a turf war brawl as he investigated moped muggings for his ITV show The Kyle Files and had to flee for his life as one gang member chased him with a knife.
As the petrified TV crew fled the London park, a lad was “knocked out” in the brawl.
The harrowing scene is shown in tonight’s episode of the star’s spin off show which also includes a heartbreaking interview with grieving mum Jan Pearce.
Her 31-year-old son Danny was stabbed 15 times after refusing to hand over a £7,000 watch to thugs and she tells Jeremy she wishes her son hadn’t “put up a fight” because he might still be alive.
The show reveals that moped crime has increased 30-fold in five years, with 23,477 incidents in 2017 in London alone.
Jeremy interviews a former gang member, who says kids commit crime because they are damaged by their childhood.
And he talks to anonymous gang members who show no remorse, calling moped crime “quick money” and saying they get between £100 and £1000 for each bike.
But as he chats to them, lads from a rival gang started shouting at them, forcing the group to move.
Safely back in the car, Jeremy explains they were caught in a turf war.
He says: “Wow, wow. I guess that’s the reality. I’d guess you’d say that turned a bit nasty.
“Suddenly two youths – their area apparently – arrived on bikes and wanted us out.
“We’ve had to get out of there as quickly as possible, make sure the crew are okay. They were not happy.”
Speaking before the brawl, one gang member said they had started stealing mopeds at “11 or 12” because “someone showed them how to do it.”
The second said: “It was just so easy and it was a quick way of making money. You can get between £100 and £1000.”
Jeremy asked them if they ever spared a thought for the victim.
He added: “Somebody goes to work, grafts to buy their bike or the stuff that they want and you just what? Turn up on your moped, nick their stuff?”
One lad mumbles: “Mm, pretty much.”
Danny was murdered by moped muggers outside a nightclub in Greenwich, south London, in July 2017.
Mum Jan broke down in tears as she recalled the moment she got the phone call every parent dreads.
“It was about 1 o’clock and my phone started to ring,” she said. “It was my daughter Amanda saying that my son Danny had been stabbed. I thought he’d just been stabbed and he was in hospital.
“She was very calm and she just told me that Danny had died. I just wanted him to walk through the door, it would be a dream or a nightmare, but it wasn’t .”
Jan had to identify Danny – who had a five-year-old daughter when he died.
She said: “I just wanted to hold him but I saw him through a window and he had his face towards me because they didn’t want me to see the stab marks in his neck.”
In June 2018, Jordan Bailey-Mascoll, 25, was found guilty of murdering Danny and was sentenced to life in prison.
His accomplice has never been found.
Jan added: “I wished he hadn’t put up a fight. They wanted his watch and they got it. And they took my son as well, with the watch.”
Former gang member Sefton told the show that the kids carrying out moped and knife crimes were damaged by their upbringing.
Root causes. When you’ve been rejected by your dad, rejected by your mum, emotional trauma, personality disorder. All of these things we carry daily,” he said.
“If someone stepped on my toe and I bottle him, it’s not because he stepped on my toe it’s because there’s something inside me that caused me to do that.
“The internal battle is going on with these young people and it’s splurting out in these other ways.”
One amazing woman who would agree is mugging victim Kirat Nandra.
She was left with broken ribs and a broken bones in her hand after two moped riders mounted a pavement in Highgate, North London and tried to snatch her bag – dragging her along the ground and knocking her unconscious in the process.
But she now works in the community to help prevent underprivileged kids from falling into a life of crime.
She said: “Personally I feel like society is very fractured and very broken. It’s a real worry.
“People are losing their children, their partners. We have got to do something to help manage it, reduce it and control it. We have to work together. At the end of the day we are all accountable for this.“
The Kyle Files: Moped Muggings airs tonight on ITV at 9pm.