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I thought I was going to die'

PUBLISHED: 11:24 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010

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A REALITY television personality said he thought he was going to die after being beaten by two drunk teenagers in the middle of the night. Robert Gray, 53, who appeared on Channel Five s The Hotel Inspector was woken up in the early hours of the morning

A REALITY television personality said he thought he was going to die after being beaten by two drunk teenagers in the middle of the night.

Robert Gray, 53, who appeared on Channel Five's The Hotel Inspector was woken up in the early hours of the morning by four teenagers banging on his door at St Alfege's Guesthouse in St Alfege Passage, Greenwich.

The actor opened his door last Friday, at approximately 2.15 am to find two girls and two boys holding beer bottles and hurling abuse at him.

The violence began when Mr Gray chased the youths into Straightsmouth Street and found a boy and a girl hiding behind a car. He was bitten on the back and kicked until he was unconscious.

The former antiques dealer said: "I thought I was going to die. I thought I'd had it with this one.

"I rather pompously said I am making a citizen's arrest and grabbed his hair and his wig came off. I thought it was Amy Winehouse.

"I was expecting the body to come with it but it didn't. I toppled to the floor. The girl was on top of me and she was shouting 'let's kill him'. They kicked me in the face like a football about 10 times. Then she shouted bite me and he bit me on the back."

A neighbour found him and called an ambulance and Mr Gray was taken to University Hospital Lewisham where he was discharged that morning.

Mr Gray said Greenwich town centre has become increasingly noisy and violent in the past year and places the blame on the granting of late alcohol licenses.

He said: "We have to put up with this every day, not just at weekends. Greenwich isn't the same sleepy town it was a year ago.

"Why were these four children allowed to leave the premises holding four bottles of beers? The manager should have his knuckles rapped or his license removed."

Mr Gray is still sporting a black eye but remains chirpy.

He said: "I have a national magazine coming over this week to film in the guesthouse so I think a bit of make-up is needed.

"All the guests heard it. They were Americans and they are neurotic about safety. They told me later they all locked their doors."

Anyone with information can contact the police on 0208 284 9445 or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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