Richard Hammonds castle burgled in JamesBond style breakin

first_imgThe car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last June The castle boasts a Grade I listed stable block, a six-bedroomed Grade II listed main house, a swimming pool and a lake.It also has extensive garages used to home Hammond’s classic car collection.Visitors can enter by the castle gate, with battlemented and turreted walls. Richard Hammond and his wife MindyCredit:Ian West/PA Wire One neighbour said: “If he was burgled they must have used a helicopter to get in and out – as he does.”It would have to be a James Bond-style break-in as the place is not easy to get into.”A source added: “It sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.“It must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.” Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy Richard Hammond has been targeted by burglars who broke into his sprawling country castle in a “James Bond-style” midnight raid, it has been claimed.Police were called to the former Top Gear star’s 20-acre estate in near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire by neighbours, the Sunday Mirror reported.The property, which Hammond purchased for £2 million in 2008, is said to be “as secure as Fort Knox” prompting one local to suggest burglars could only access it via helicopter.It boasts ten foot iron gates, a high-tech security system and a protective fort.Hammond, 48, who lives there with his wife, Mindy, 47, and two teenage daughters, has been recovering at the castle since his latest near-death crash in Switzerland last June.It is not clear whether the family was home at the time of the alleged break-in. The car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last JuneCredit:Freuds via AP The sham castle was added to the property in the 18th century but was intended to look Tudor. In 2014, the broadcaster reportedly purchased the six-bedroom house next-door for £1.2million to end a “neighbourly dispute”.Hammond said in 2011: “If ever I need a quiet moment then, in my mind, I’ve got the perfect home and the perfect county to find it in.” West Mercia Police said this weekend: “We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing.”Hammond later insisted that no one had broken in and nothing had been taken.Reports recently suggested that Hammond’s Grand Tour series, in which he stars alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, was due to be axed by Amazon. The third series is due to air later this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Shiv Chanderpaul to receive honorary doctorate from UWI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWell done Shiv …CWI salutes one of the most outstanding batsmen in West Indies historyOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Guyanese cricket hero Shivnarine Chanderpaul honoured by UWIMarch 8, 2017In “latest news”IAC congratulates Chanderpaul on receipt of Honorary DoctorateOctober 26, 2018In “latest news” Shivnarine Chanderpaul to receive honorary doctorate from the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in OctoberShivnarine Chanderpaul, the second most prolific Test cricketer in Windies history, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St. Augustine campus later this year. The university made the announcement Tuesday that the 43-year-old batsman will be bestowed with the Honorary Doctor of Laws during the campus graduation ceremonies beginning October 25.During a Test career that spanned two decades (1994-2015), Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests for the Windies scoring 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37. During that time he scored 30 Test centuries and 66 fifties and was a stabilizing force in the Windies middle order.He was also prolific in ODIs, amassing 8,778 runs at an average of 41.60 in 268 matches during which he scored 11 centuries and 59 half-centuries.Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket in January 2016. He was 41 years old and had not played for the Windies since May of the previous year.Windies selectors said he was not considered for selection following a poor run of form during which he averaged 15.33. This prompted Windies great Brian Lara to express his disappointment at the way in which Chanderpaul was dropped.“I was very disappointed that Shiv was not allowed a couple of more Test matches, not necessarily to break the record but to have a proper send-off. Something I think he is very disappointed and unfortunately that did not happen,” Lara said.“That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years, I don’t think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution.” (SportsMax) read more