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TV's Ben Fogle chases away burglars

Ben Fogle
Mr Fogle became a father last week

TV presenter Ben Fogle has described how he chased four burglars from his house as they were trying to break in.

He was in the kitchen of his home in Kensington, west London, when he spotted the men jumping over his fence.

Last week, Mr Fogle, 36, became a father and his son Ludovic was due home from hospital on Monday when the attempted break-in took place.

Mr Fogle, who broke the news on his Twitter page, said the incident had left him shaken.

He stated on the Twitter website: "Cor. Just chased four burglars from my garden while they were trying to break in to my house. Police everywhere."

Afterwards, he told reporters: "While I was in the kitchen these four blokes vaulted over the back fence and into the garden.

"They started hammering on the door trying to get in.

I'm not going to claim I scared them off - they probably thought 'it's only Ben Fogle, he might cook us some food' - but I chased them away with the help of the dog
Ben Fogle

"I got very confused because I thought they might be builders, but I eventually realised what they were trying to do.

"I think they got a bit of a shock when I opened the door.

"I'm not going to claim I scared them off - they probably thought 'it's only Ben Fogle, he might cook us some food' - but I chased them away with the help of the dog.

"It's shaken me up a little, especially with my wife and son coming home."

Man arrested

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of an attempted burglary.

"Detectives are investigating whether the incident is linked to an assault that took place outside Latimer Road Underground station about 15 minutes before.

"One man was arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody."

Mr Fogle became famous after appearing in the BBC reality show Castaway 2000.

He has since become a regular television presenter for the BBC, hosting Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Countryfile, Country Tracks, Extreme Dreams With Ben Fogle, Animal Park, Wild on the West Coast and Wild in Africa.

He has also reported for Inside Out, Cash In the Attic, Heaven and Earth, and What Are We Like with Jo Brand.



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