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Home of Tory defence spokesman Liam Fox burgled

Liam Fox was at home when his house was burgled

A car and a laptop belonging to the Conservative shadow defence secretary Liam Fox have been stolen during a burglary at his central London home.

Dr Fox had been due to outline the Tories' armed forces manifesto on Thursday morning but the launch was cancelled at short notice.

A police spokesman said they had been called to an address near Tower Bridge and no arrests had been made.

Dr Fox said it was "not a nice feeling" to be burgled while he was at home.

The laptop was in his car when it was stolen, police sources say.

As Tony Blair once said, things can only get better
Liam Fox

Dr Fox, a Somerset North prospective parliamentary candidate, was at his flat surveying the damage.

He said: "I feel like anyone else who has been the victim of an opportunistic burglary.

"It's not very nice to have someone in your house, particularly when you have been in it.

"It's even less nice when they have taken knives out of the kitchen drawer and leave them placed so that they can threaten you on their getaway.

"But I'm not the only person in this country who has been a victim of crime and I will have greater sympathy in the future with people who are.

"As Tony Blair once said, things can only get better."

Heinous offence

He described the burglary as "opportunistic" and said no sensitive documents were stolen.

Speaking as he campaigned in Exeter, Tory leader David Cameron said: "I'm very sorry for Liam.

"I've been burgled a couple of times and it's a horrible shock, the sense that someone has been into your house and taken your things. You feel completely invaded."

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said he was sorry the shadow defence secretary had suffered such a "heinous offence".

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