Graham Norton triggers hunt after home burgled
Published 09/01/2012 | 08:07
Graham Norton has kicked off a hunt for his stolen car after burglars took the vehicle in a break-in.
The BBC chat show presenter told listeners to his BBC Radio Two lunchtime show that his London home was broken into by thieves on Friday night, and the keys to his luxury car taken.
He described how he arrived home to discover the kitchen knife drawer had been disturbed and how he immediately feared intruders had harmed his pets.
"When I discovered the dogs were safe I realised everything else was just 'stuff' and can be replaced," he told listeners.
Mr Norton, 48, owns a labrador-poodle cross named Bailey and a terrier cross, Madge.
A BBC spokesman declined to elaborate on the incident but confirmed: "Both dogs were in the house at the time."
Mr Norton read out the registration number of his black Lexus hybrid 4x4 - LT59 DDY - and asked the audience to track it down.
The presenter later urged people not to approach anyone seen with the vehicle, believed to be worth £40,000, and to call the police if it was spotted.
When the appeal failed to bring immediate results, Mr Norton joked: "David Cameron...if you're listening, so much for your Big Society. Where's my car, where's my car?"
He went on to tell listeners: "Thank you so much for your interest in the occurrences of last night when I got broken into and my car stolen."
A Scotland Yard spokesman said other items were stolen in the burglary but declined to give further details.
"Police believe the burglary happened some time between 7.45pm on Friday and five past midnight on Saturday morning," the Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
"There have been no arrests so far and inquiries are continuing."
It is not the first time Mr Norton has been a victim of crime.
In 2010, Mr Norton revealed that he was seriously injured in a vicious street mugging which almost claimed his life.
"In 1989 I was mugged, beaten and stabbed by a group of boys, who left me for dead," he said.
"To add insult to injury, not only did I lose half my blood but I lost my boyfriend too: he dumped me the next day, which wasn't the most tactful piece of timing."
Mr Norton said he was awake until 3am while police officers and forensic examiners were at his home in Wapping, east London.