Richard Hammond 'Burgled At Country Castle'

If you're trying to keep a low profile to dissuade any would-be burglars from targeting you, living in a massive castle that you come and go from via helicopter probably isn't the smartest move.

That's what Grand Tour presenter Richard 'The Hamster' Hammond found out when thieves reportedly breached the fortress that is his £2 million home in Hereford.

The Mirror reports that Police are now investigating a raid that took place at the 20-acre property in the dead of night, which came just months after the former Top Gear star cheated death for the second time in a decade.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Hammond had reportedly been recovering at the lavish estate, which he shares with his wife Mindy and two teenage daughters, after a crash in a supercar in Switzerland left him injured once again.

Two add fuel to the fire, the break in comes amid rumours that The Grand Tour may not be given another series by Amazon - something which co-presenter Jeremey Clarkson has denied.

A source told the Mirror: "It's not been a good year for Richard. Jeremy has denied it but last week fans were convinced series three was going to be the last one.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

"To top it all off 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."

Neighbours of Hammond were shocked that burglars had managed to penetrate his edifice, believing it to be as secure as Fort Knox.

One local 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."

West Mercia Police told the Mirror: "We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing."

Hammond was left injured while filming for The Grand Tour when the car he was in crashed and - just moments after he climbed out - burst into flames.

The accident, which left Hammond with a broken knee, came 10 years after he was in a high-speed crash that left him in a coma.

"Unlike the previous incident, I didn't bang my head particularly," he told the Telegraph.

"I remember going off and thinking, 'Oh, I've lost this'. And then hitting the ground a couple of times, during one of which I broke my leg, then was upside down in the air for a long time.

"I do remember thinking, 'The longer I'm in the air, that suggests the harder is going to be the landing'. And it really was."

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