F1 boss in €200,000 mugging
Published 26/11/2010 | 14:31
Bernie Ecclestone sustained a head injury after muggers attacked the Formula One boss and his Brazilian girlfriend before escaping with jewellery worth over €200,000.
The 80-year-old billionaire was attacked outside the headquarters of his company Formula One Holdings in Knightsbridge, central London.
The businessman and Fabiana Flosi, his Brazilian lawyer girlfriend, were attacked just weeks after the motor-racing entrepreneur suggested the city's streets were more violent than Brazil.
In the latest incident, Mr Ecclestone was punched and kicked by four men who were lying in wait as he arrived at his business headquarters.
The gang, none of whom has been arrested, escaped with over €200,000 worth of jewellery including Mr Ecclestone's watch and a diamond ring.
Police confirmed reports of the incident, which occurred at 10.30pm on Wednesday.
''Police were called at 10.30pm on Wednesday November 24 to reports of a man and a woman robbed on Princes Gate," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
''The man was taken to a west London hospital for treatment to a minor head injury and was subsequently discharged. There were no reports of any other injuries. Officers from Westminster robbery squad are investigating."
He added: "There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.
''The items stolen are believed to be a quantity of jewellery.''
Earlier this month, Mr Ecclestone had said it was surprising the number of people who got mugged hourly in Oxford Street.
He was responding to the attempted carjacking of Britain's former Formula 1 champion Jenson Button.
The former World Champion's trained undercover police driver had to swerve his way out of a traffic jam after gunmen approached their stationary armoured car ahead of the Sao Paulo race.
Questions have been raised about the continued staging of F1 in Brazil, which has a bad record for serious crime.
"You have to remember we have a lot of problems in England, Oxford Street and places, and in New York people get mugged," Mr Ecclestone said of the Brazil incident.
"They look for victims, they look for anyone that looks like a soft touch and not too bright they never go after them.
"The people that look a bit soft and simple, they will always have a go at."
Mr Ecclestone has not commented on the London incident. His girlfriend was reported to have been left "shaken".