Note to All Muggers: Don't Mess With Ben Fogle

Television presenter Ben Fogle fought off a mugger who tried to snatch his briefcase in London this week. The 40-year-old posted on Twitter: "Dear Mr Mugger. You picked on the wrong man. Enjoy the black eye. Love Ben." After fans got in touch via social media, Fogle reassured them, saying, "Thanks for concerned messages. I'm fine. Suit scuffed and knuckles bruised."

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Fogle is best known for working on Countryfile on the BBC and Countrywise for ITV, though he has written numerous books and newspaper columns about travels. He's also taken part in various extreme sports challenges, including rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and a race to the South Pole, alongside Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell.

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He first rose to fame in the BBC reality show Castaway, which followed a group of people marooned on an island in the Out Hebrides, for a year.

The mugging incident took place just off Oxford Street in London. The spokeswoman told MailOnline: "Ben was walking along one of the streets off Oxford Street and it was a rare day in which he was wearing a suit and carrying a bag.

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"Suddenly he felt the mugger try to grab the bag out of his left hand. And it was just on instinct that he whirled round and gave him a whack with his right hand." The incident was over in seconds, with the mugger fleeing the scene. 

Fogle has been married to his wife, Marina, since 2006. They have a four-year-old son Ludo and two-year-old daughter Iona. 

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