Monday 19 March 2018

TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson cautioned over cheese and wine theft

Antony Worrall Thompson. Photo: Getty Images
Antony Worrall Thompson. Photo: Getty Images

Matthew Holehouse

ANTHONY Worrall Thompson, the television chef, has been given a police caution after being caught shoplifting cheese and wine from Tesco, it was reported last night.

Worrall Thompson was filmed by staff at the supermarket in Henley on Thames failing to pay for goods at the self-scan check out machines on five shopping trips between December 22 and January 6.

Some items were scanned and paid for but others, understood to include cheeses chosen from the deli and bottles of wine, were bagged without being put through the till.

Security staff had installed a hidden camera after their suspicions about his behaviour were raised. They waited to catch the chef on film a number of times in order to be sure he had not inadvertently forgotten to pay.

He was stopped by security staff as he left the shop on Friday. Police were called and he was arrested on suspicion of theft.

The chef, 60, was held at a local police station where his mugshot, fingerprints and DNA saliva swab were taken, the Sun reported.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “We arrested a man from High Wycombe following a report of shoplifting offences.

“The man has been issued with a formal caution for these offences.”

A person must admit an offence before they can be given a caution.

The chef has appeared on BBC’s Food and Drink and Ready Steady Cook, and ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Worrall Thompson was educated at the King’s School, Canterbury, and is the Godson of actor Richard Burton. He is married to Jacinta, his third wife, and has two children. He has a line of branded cookery utensils and gravy mixtures, and is a patron of Forest, the pro-smoking lobby, and fundraises for the Conservative Party.

But in 2009 Worrall Thomson was forced to close four of his six restaurants and make sixty staff redundant after his bank refused to extend his overdraft.

He could not be contacted.

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