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Tuesday, 3 September, 2002, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Thieves target Hurley office
Liz Hurley
Liz Hurley co-owns Simian Films with Hugh Grant
Burglars have attempted to break into the offices of Liz Hurley's film production company in London, just days after she criticised crime levels in the capital.

The basement door of Simian Films in Chelsea, west London, was broken into, but police do not believe that anything was stolen from the premises.

"We were called to an attempted burglary at business premises late in the evening of 30 August," said a Scotland Yard spokesman.

"Officers found that the basement door had been broken into, but it is not thought any properly was taken."

Hurley co-owns Simian Films with her former boyfriend, actor Hugh Grant.

Campaign

Hurley, who was mugged at knifepoint in London eight years ago, criticised the lack of police on the streets in London in a recent interview with Woman's Own magazine.

Helping the weekly to launch a campaign for women to feel safer, Hurley said: "We definitely need a stronger police presence on the streets.

"It's rare to see them at all now. In America, uniformed cops eat in coffee shops, diners and restaurants, and I always feel safer having them around."
Bjork
Bjork's flat in Maida Vale was broken in to

Hurley is the second celebrity to be targeted by thieves this week, following a break in at Bjork's luxury flat in Maida Vale, west London, over the weekend.

Burglars are reported to have stolen valuable recording equipment from the home of the Icelandic singer and actress, who was believed to be asleep in the flat at the time.

Other celebrities whose London homes have been burgled recently include models Jerry Hall and Elle Macpherson and singer Geri Halliwell.

Actress Joan Collins, 69, has denied reports a decision to base herself in New York was because of her fear of crime in London.

Insisting she was moving for work reasons, she did tell the Mail on Sunday: "Groups of muggers are frequently attacking people in the area where I live in London.

"The police don't appear to be able to do anything about it."


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