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Neighbours of Ozil employ ex-Gurkhas to protect them from violent crime

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Wealthy residents living on the same road as Arsenal star Mesut Özil employ ex-Gurkhas to protect them from violent crime after losing faith in the police.

Neighbours of the German midfielder pay up to £4,000-a-year each for the services of LCS Security, which uses former members of the elite British Army unit to keep multi-million pound properties safe.

A team of four retired Gurkhas patrol the half-mile long, tree-lined avenue near Hampstead Heath in North London 24 hours a day and can respond to any incident within three minutes - much faster than the Metropolitan Police.

Özil was one of those residents paying for the service until last year when he stopped.

The World Cup winner has now hired a rival security firm, So Solid Security Services, to guard his £9 million mansion after he and fellow Gunners star Sead Kolasinac were involved in a car-jacking last month.

Mesut Ozil has hired security firm So Solid Security Services (left, Onder Aydemir, boss of the firm) to guard his £9 million mansion after he and fellow Gunners star Sead Kolasinac were involved in a car-jacking last month.

Neighbours of the German midfielder pay up to £4,000-a-year each for the services of LCS Security (pictured, their vans), which uses former members of the elite British Army unit to keep multi-million pound properties safe.

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