Richard Hammond ‘gassed’ and robbed on holiday in France

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It's like something out of an Ocean's movie, but Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy believe they were gassed and robbed while holidaying in the south of France.

Mindy, 53, revealed she woke up as a team of burglars pilfered cash and jewellery. The door into the living room was shut but I heard a male voice behind the door. "I thought, "That's a bit bizarre", and decided I had to check it". Actually, it was the burglars'.

Mindy told the Express: 'That just makes my blood run cold. "I could have easily walked in and it could have been unpleasant", she said.

She said: "We realised something was wrong when Willow couldn't find her watch the next day, but we thought she'd just left it somewhere, or maybe one of the teenagers had been sleepwalking in the night".

Burglars made off with their 15-year-old daughter Willow's watch, as well as cash from the handbags of guests who had been at a 1920s-themed cocktail party.

The former Top Gear host, 48, slept through the horrifying ordeal.

The incident comes after several reported incidences of anaesthetic gas use during burglaries in the region, but experts have stated it'd be very, very hard for thieves to pump enough gas into the villa to successfully sedate the victims before making off with their cash.

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Thankfully, Mindy added that it didn't spoil the trip "at all", but Hammond and his family still haven't had the best of luck lately when it comes to being burgled - having also had his Hereford castle robbed earlier this year.

"That morning I slept in until eight".

Mrs Hammond said she was not even woken by her husband Richard's snoring but when she did eventually stir she noticed all the bedroom doors were open.

"It turned out they had burgled the neighbouring property as well in the same night".

The showbiz couple and 15 of their guests are said to have been targeted by raiders who filled their San Tropez villa with anesthetic gas.

After alerting the owner of the villa the police were contacted and two of the robbers were caught on CCTV, "One of them looked quite a lot like Richard", Mindy said, before adding that they were quickly apprehended.

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