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Channel 4 star forced to halt filming after being confronted with gun

May 23, 2023

Channel 4 star Ed Stafford has revealed a horror incident in which he had a gun and machete pulled on him while filming.

The adventurer, 47, was filming his London documentary series but was forced to stop and flee the scene.

During filming 60 Days On The Estates, Ed was interviewing a man in Tottenham, in a ‘dark alley’ in a housing estate.

And despite the fact that the interviewee pulled out a gun and a machete, Ed has revealed the situation left him a ‘bit embarrassed’.

He explained: ‘We were up a dead end, a quite dark alley. The guy was showing me a knife and gun.

‘We were having a conversation and suddenly there’s a machete.

‘Things just felt like they were escalating a little bit so I decided I needed the space to assess.’

He continued to The Sun’s TV Mag: ‘Sometimes you actually find it quite difficult to think because you’re right in the middle of a situation.

‘I beat myself up a bit about that, but then again it hammers it home – you hear about the shootings and stabbings but actually seeing the gun first hand it’s like: “Well, okay, that’s what he’s carrying in order to protect himself because he’s mixing in certain circles.”‘

The former British Army Captain added that he was ‘annoyed’ the situation has been included in the final edit.

The three-part series sees Ed, who has fronted the likes of 60 Days on the Streets and 60 Days with the Gypsies, also visit estates in Birmingham and Glasgow, as he elsewhere spoke about how the former took him ‘by surprise’ when he was made aware by how young people would go ‘straight for a knife’.

Admitting he himself is not ‘squeaky clean’ and would get into fights, Ed revealed that he was ‘never worried about getting knifed’.

‘I thought that was super shocking and horrible that the kids didn’t care.’

The series sees Ed move in with residents on some of the UK’s most infamous estates, over the 60 days and nights.

Accompanied by a small crew as well as his own camera, the ‘eye-opening’ allowed him to capture what life on those estates is really like.

Ahead of the episodes airing, Ed said: ‘Before I started filming this series, all I really knew about council estates were stories I read in the media about gangs, crime and drugs.

‘I wanted to go beyond the negative headlines and stereotypes to find out what’s really happening on housing estates today and the challenges people are facing.

‘This series has been a real eye-opener for me.’

60 Days on the Estates airs Sunday, May 28 at 9pm on Channel 4.

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