Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Plot to Burgle Cilla's Home during Her Funeral Foiled by Sons' Discovery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Plot to Burgle Cilla's Home during Her Funeral Foiled by Sons' Discovery

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A PLOT to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of entertainer Cilla Black during her funeral has been foiled.

A professionally cut circular hole was discovered in the chain link perimeter fence of her Denham home yesterday, ahead of her funeral next week, her former publicist said.

The discovery was made as Black's three sons, Ben, Robert and Jack, gathered for their mother's inquest in Liverpool.

Robert Willis, her eldest son, said: "I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It's inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time."

The police have been informed and 24-hour security has been increased around the property.

All valuable assets including art, jewellery and personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location.

Black's former publicist Nick Fiveash said: "It looks as if they have been preparing to burgle the house during the funeral.

"The hole in the chain link fence was cut in a very secluded place and it was not there before. …

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