Man guilty of £1 million theft from Simon Cowell

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A man has been found guilty of the theft of £1 million worth of jewellery from Simon Cowell.

A 33-year-old of no fixed address was convicted by a jury in just an hour following a four day trial after he denied the crime.

The court heard that the thief had a total of 22 convictions to his name, including nine for burglary, and was already in prison for causing death by dangerous driving for an incident that took place shortly after breaking into Simon's house.

A statement from Simon read out in court said he and partner Lauren Silverman were “very concerned” about son Eric after the robbery, which took place while the family were in the home.

He said: “I wish to say that no-one has the right or authority to steal from Lauren or myself and I will go to court if required."

Detective Sergeant James Howarth, investigating officer, said: "It must have been terrifying for the occupants to imagine someone was inside their home while they slept, particularly with a young child in the house.

"I'd like to commend my colleagues for their excellent skills in recognising February and also the forensic scientist and prosecuting counsel who acted so ably in this case. The local security guard should also be highly praised for his actions that night."

The items stolen - worth £950,000 - have never been recovered.

Speaking previously about the break in, which happened in December 2015, Simon said: “It was nerve-racking. Lauren was woken up with me and we checked on Eric.

“That was the first thing we did, to make sure he was OK."

“Apart from the fact someone broke into my house and stole my stuff, which is scary, it could have been worse. Thankfully no one was hurt," he added, “But we have the worst guard dogs in the world.”

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