David Beckham has hired an armed bodyguard to protect his family.
The soccer player – who has kids Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, eight, Cruz, six, and one-and-a-half month Harper Seven with wife Victoria – was spotted being protected by a minder, who was wearing an openly holstered pistol and is thought to be an off-duty policeman, on Malibu Beach in Los Angeles as his sons played in the water.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “I can’t comment on any individual case, but the practice of celebrities hiring off-duty officers for private security purposes is common practice here.”
Freelance photographer Mike Kamara saw the bodyguard and explained the gun was clearly visible on the outside of his clothes.
He explained: “I didn’t notice him at first. He kept in the background very discreetly. But I noticed him when David walked over and handed him a plastic toy that the youngsters had been playing with.
The 36-year-old hunk and his family have been spending time on the beach since renting out movie director Steven Spielberg’s oceanside mansion for the summer.