TV star Anthea Turner has revealed she has been the victim of a spate of crimes – with the back windscreen of her car smashed in.
The 60-year-old presenter took to Instagram yesterday to reveal that she has been the victim of three separate thefts in two months.
However, she explained that her most recent robbery truly shook her when the back window of her Range Rover was smashed in and her Mulberry holdall was taken while she had been enjoying a meal.
Sharing a picture of her stolen items, Anthea penned: “There’s a latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum’ everything that comes in three is perfect.
“Well not ‘Perfect’ but maybe it ends my thieving bad luck?”
The TV presenter revealed: “After years and years of theft free living in the spate of 2 months my beautiful locked Boardman Ladies bike was pinched from outside a church in Bishops Park Fulham, my iPhone from my bag in a swimwear shop on The Kings Road and last week the back screen of my car was smashed in and the thieves retrieved a holdall from the boot.
“Petty UK crime stats are CRAZY – 1,222 phones a day are pinched over a quarter of a million bikes a year are stolen, with the same number of cars being broken in to.
“And guess what? The figures are going up. On no occasion was I negligent I was just going about my ‘life’.”
The former Blue Peter presenter went on to explain the events that led up to her most recent robbery and the devastating impact petty theft has.
She recalled: “Last Tuesday I’d been working and had a few things with me on the way home called into a restaurant in Richmond with Mark to meet up with Amelia and Claudia – think I was being watched – got out of the car and popped my bag out of sight into the boot, taking just my handbag with me, all very normal.
“There was nothing in the bag instantly saleable just personal effects which meant something to me especially the Mulberry bag and Filofax which I’d bought in the 90’s when I started earning a bit of money.
“Coat, makeup hairdryer, brushes, glasses, shoes, etc all the girl stuff. After a lovely evening catching up we returned to a horrific mess and my things gone,” she added.
“There are worse things that happen I know, but the violation of your world is emotionally disturbing and the sadness you feel not just for yourself but all of our lives is sickening.”
Anthea then urged her 65,400 Instagram followers to take their personal security “up a notch” and lashed out at petty criminals.
“We have to take our personal security up a notch NEVER assuming your possessions are safe in the ‘normal’ way,” the former GMTV host wrote.
“But we need help, more CCTV cameras that are freaking working are a must and for bikes sophisticated racks that lock your bike in.
“DYK thieves use portable angle grinders that get through a D-locks in minutes? Yes it’s that bad.
She concluded: “So many trips I’d happily make on my bike but now hesitant because I’m scared of it being nicked – There are some badly wired humans out there who want to steal bits of your life and our vulnerability to them is getting worse. 🤬😱 #theft
Anthea is engaged to business tycoon Mark Armstrong and the couple were set to marry in Italy in September, but were forced to postpone the wedding over coronavirus travel restrictions.
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The star, who has been married twice before, remarked: “I’m so chilled about it because I might be old but I’m happy.
“It wasn’t like we had invited everybody and booked everything. We had every intention of getting married in Italy in September and it is going to be next year now.
“We haven’t even tried to make any plans, you might as well park it.”