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Inside the terrifying HAMMER attack on one of Bec Judd’s neighbors in Melbourne’s Brighton

A terrifying hammer attack on one of Bec Judd’s neighbors was the catalyst for her dramatic appeal for more protection in one of Australia’s most affluent suburbs.

The footy WAG caused a stir last month when she said she felt “unsafe” in her $7.3 million mansion in the wealthy Bayside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne.

But Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Judd had good reason to be concerned after one of her neighbors down the street was the victim of a home burglary.

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Footy WAG neighbor Bec Judd (pictured) came under fire for raising concerns about crime in the wealthy Bayside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne

A neighbor of footy WAG Bec Judd has endured a terrifying attack in her own home.  The hammer-wielding crook was caught by the police, but they let him go

A neighbor of footy WAG Bec Judd has endured a terrifying attack in her own home. The hammer-wielding crook was caught by the police, but they let him go

Bang: 'So sick of the gang rapes, bashings and home invasions in Bayside,' Bec Judd wrote on Instagram

Bang: ‘So sick of the gang rapes, bashings and home invasions in Bayside,’ Bec Judd wrote on Instagram

The attack took place weeks before Judd made public her rant against the Daniel Andrews government.

Judd took to Instagram last month, where she has a whopping 788,000 followers, with claims that the government “didn’t care” about the “gang rapes, bashings and home invasions in Bayside.”

Mr Andrews took little time to swipe back, mocking her claims as ‘swiping reviews’ and insisting: ‘I’m sorry she feels this way. The data would tell a different story.’

The April 28 home invasion, first reported in the Herald Sunthat startled Judd into action happened in broad daylight just a stone’s throw from her family’s home.

The woman had entered her house and found a man rummaging through her belongings.

A spokesman for the Victoria Police Department confirmed to the Daily Mail Australia that the assailant pulled out a hammer and threatened to use it when the woman pulled out her phone to call the police.

“Investigators have heard that a woman walked into one of the rooms of her home on Kinane Street around 1:40 p.m. and was searching for an unknown man in her bag,” he said.

The armed intruder then forced the woman to hand over her phone.

“The assailant ran out of the house with the woman’s phone and bag and left the scene in a blue hatchback,” a police spokesman said.

Daily Mail Australia has been informed that Judd’s neighbors flocked to help the terrified woman, who was not injured in the shocking raid on the home.

It wasn’t long before detectives caught up with the alleged home intruder, who had crossed over from Melbourne’s western suburbs to defeat Brighton’s elite.

Bec Judd used her strong social media influence to highlight crime in her suburb.  One of her neighbors had been the victim of a terrifying home invasion

Bec Judd used her strong social media influence to highlight crime in her suburb. One of her neighbors had been the victim of a terrifying home invasion

A gang of teenagers who intruded at home stole a luxury car in Brighton and was later shot at by police

A gang of teenagers who intruded at home stole a luxury car in Brighton and was later shot at by police

BEC JUDD’S CAMPAIGN TO END BRIGHTON CRIMEWAVE

Judd claimed last month that the state government “seemed not to care” about the “gang rapes, bashings and home invasions in Bayside.”

“I personally know two women who have been mugged in Brighton in recent weeks while they were at home,” she wrote on Instagram.

She posted CCTV footage of a group of young men lurking outside properties in her affluent suburb, claiming it made her feel “unsafe.”

The teens, allegedly armed with knives, were filmed lurking outside several properties in the Bayside area before crashing a stolen BMW into a tree.

Pali jumped to defend her co-star on social media, saying the response Judd received for her comments was unfair.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews mocked Judd’s comments at the time.

“I say this with respect to Bec Judd or anyone else — I don’t want anyone to feel unsafe,” he said. “I’m sorry she feels that way. The data would tell a different story, but it’s about personal feelings and your sense of security,” he said.

But in a punch to the face of the victim and her wealthy neighbors, the 22-year-old Footscray man was interviewed and sent off without charge.

A police spokesman told the Daily Mail Australia on Friday that the man is expected to be charged with aggravated burglary.

In Victoria, a serious conviction for burglary carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

In the past 19 months, Brighton has been rocked by the rape of a 16-year-old girl, the stabbing of a teenage boy and two 10-year-olds who have been attacked by a gang of knife-wielding teenagers.

An 83-year-old man was also confronted by teenagers armed with knives trying to steal a car from his home, while last month two boys, ages 13 and 14, broke into another house and stole two cars.

That incident made national headlines after police were forced to shoot at the gang after they overtook them in nearby St Kilda.

The furore sparked by Judd’s comments saw the Victoria Police launch Operation Ibis, with 500 officers targeting juvenile delinquency in the area.

After an initial backlash, Judd received praise for her strong stance against crime in her area.

One of her backers was a reality TV friend, My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali, who also used top Instagram to declare that there was a “clear target” on the Bayside causing “fear and anxiety among the community.”

The mother of two claimed it was only a matter of time before someone was killed and said she had received “countless” messages from other concerned local residents who said they were afraid to sleep at night for fear to be robbed.

Crime statistics for the Bayside area have increased noticeably over the past 10 years, reaching record highs, with residential burglaries quadrupling since 2014 and the highest number of robberies in five years.

Police fired at the gang after they caught up with them in nearby St Kilda

Police fired at the gang after they caught up with them in nearby St Kilda

My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali backed Judd's calls for greater security in the Bayside area

My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali backed Judd’s calls for greater security in the Bayside area

My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali took to Instagram for neighbor Bec Judd.  to support

My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali took to Instagram for neighbor Bec Judd. to support

However, Bayside has the second lowest overall crime rate in Melbourne, with just 4,300 offenses per 100,000 residents – more than 24 percent less than in 2020 – compared to more than 10,000 offenses per 100,000 in the equally wealthy suburbs around nearby Toorak.

Judd claimed crime was worsening in her neighborhood and attributed her attack on Mr Andrews to the creation of the new police task force.

“I’m glad my vote has shed light on the escalating aggravating break-ins in Bayside,” claimed Judd. the Australian

†[While] we are thankful for the low non-aggressive crime rate, the increasing nature of home invasion-type crimes in our local community makes residents especially women feel unsafe.

“I welcome Operation Ibis and the 500 additional agents promised by the people of Victoria.”

When Daily Mail Australia traveled to Brighton earlier this month, people on the street claimed Judd was not far off the mark.

A shopkeeper, who declined to be named, said her salon had been targeted by opportunistic thieves several times recently.

Attacked in the middle of the night, the crooks had made their way to the Church Street shop and helped themselves with whatever they wanted.

So concerned about the thefts, iron bars have now been placed outside, keeping the store in a cage when the sun goes down.

Anyone with information that could assist police in the April 28 break-in is urged to contact: Crime Stoppers at 1800 333,000.

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