Tamara Ecclestone robbers necked Cristal during £25m burglary spree

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Robbers rampaging through a West London mansion swigged from a posh bottle of Cristal champagne as the made off with millions.

Socialite Tamara Ecclestone was left "scared" and "obsessing over security" after becoming victim to Britain's biggest ever burglary with £25 million worth of items stolen.

Her Kensington mansion was left ransacked as thieves stole cash, jewellery and gems on December 13 in 2019.

Ms Ecclestone, 37, was not in the property at the time as she was on holiday in Lapland with her husband, art gallery owner Jay Rutland, 38, their daughter and their dog.

In a victim impact statement read at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, Ms Ecclestone, the daughter of ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, said: "It's been really awful.

"I'm so scared I will not leave my daughter alone in the house at night, because I just feel like the people I am meant to trust, I don't – I'm not sure that I can trust anyone. I have just been so scared."

Ms Ecclestone said the loss of gifts from her parents, including a wedding present from her mother, "made me really sad".

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She has now been “obsessing” over security and looking at “gates and barbed wires, spikes and stuff.”

Her husband, Mr Rutland, said Ms Ecclestone is "petrified" to go out or leave their daughter, who talks about the break-in.

"She asks me and Tamara if the burglars are coming back," he said.

"I feel a whole combination of emotions: anger that they have stolen from us, fear that they could come back, and sadness that sentimental pieces of jewellery which were gifts at our wedding or at the birth of our daughter were stolen that cannot be replaced."

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Other victims included former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard, 43, and his 42-year-old television presenter wife Christine, and the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The thieves, three men, were sentenced in court today after each admitting to burgling mansion Ms Ecclestone’s property.

Jugoslav Jovanovic, Alessandro Maltese and Alessandro Donati were sentenced to jail for a total of 28 years.

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Jovanovic, 24, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to burgle and a further two years for money laundering.

Donati, 45, and Maltese, 44, were each jailed for eight years and nine months after being convicted of conspiracy to burgle.

The thieves splashed the cash on shoes and one of them tried to spend £8,985 in cash on Louis Vuitton clothing but Harrods declined the sale.

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On December 11, Jovanovic booked a table at Zuma Restaurant in Knightsbridge for five people and the bill came to £760.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's property, in Knightsbridge, west London, had been turned into a shrine following his death, aged 60, in a helicopter crash shortly after take-off from the King Power Stadium on October 27 in 2018.

A TAG Heuer watch he was wearing before he left for Leicester that day was among just over £1 million worth of timepieces and cash stolen in a raid on December 10 2019.

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The burglars even glugged a £500 bottle of Cristal champagne as they ransacked his home.

A victim impact statement on behalf of his family said: "Our late father's residence was a place for reflection and to pray.

"We felt it was the strongest connection to him as he spent his last night there before his death.

"Since the burglary, our sacred and special connection has been damaged and violated beyond repair."

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The Lampards had around £60,000 in watches and jewellery stolen while they were out of their Chelsea property on December 1.

Frank Lampard said the crime has had a "major impact" on his general feeling of security, adding: "The fact that my job means that I travel frequently again raises my concerns.

"Neither Christine nor I are sleeping too well as a consequence of this incident," he said.

"I would add that while I have been an unfortunate victim of a crime previously, particularly burglary, this incident has had a far greater impact on our lives."

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