Londoner’s Diary: £25m robbery won’t force Tamara Ecclestone out of mansion

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(Dave Benett)

HEIRESS Tamara Ecclestone has opted not to move from her Kensington mansion despite experiencing a traumatic robbery.

As shown in last week’s BBC documentary Who Stole Tamara Ecclestone’s Diamonds? in 2019, an international gang of jewellery thieves broke into the mansion she shares with her family and stole £25 million worth of goods while they were in Lapland in one of the UK’s biggest ever heists.

All except one of the thieves were caught. It seemed Ecclestone might then sell her home, saying: “There’s now one thing I always worry about, the one thing I didn’t worry about which was being safe in this house.” However, a rep tells us: “There are absolutely no plans to sell the family home in London”. Ecclestone is offering a £6m reward for the jewellery.

A class act in the classroom

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(Getty Images)

ACTOR Vivienne Acheampong is now a rising star in Netflix show The Sandman, but not long ago she was working as a supply teacher in London. “I was very strict. I had to come in really hard and say, ‘I’m your teacher today, so you’ve got to listen to me’,” Acheampong says. But it was all an act: “I’d be crying on the inside”. With that kind of performance she’ll go far.

Photo op battles with Rishi and Liz

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(rishi sunak)

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss seem to believe a picture tells a thousand words, as both perfect the art of the pose in their long race for PM. Sunak has long been using the former Times photographer Simon Walker for snaps while he was at the Treasury. The ex-Chancellor has been teased online recently for grinning by a field of wheat while sitting on a £300 John Lewis chair: some wondered if he was waiting for Theresa May. His social media guru Cass Horowitz has also been posting videos of their leadership tilt.

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(department of international trade)

Truss is a master of the photo op, posing in a tank in Estonia last year, and for a series of photos on a diplomatic tour to Australia.

Brian Cox calls for return of experts

Professor Brian Cox said he believed the biggest risk to the future of humanity is a ‘lack of perspective’ (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
Professor Brian Cox said he believed the biggest risk to the future of humanity is a ‘lack of perspective’ (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

SCIENTIST Brian Cox made a spirited defence of facts in an age of misinformation as part of his run of Horizons shows at the Royal Opera House last night. “We need to vocally make the case to banish darkness, and to banish superstition with reason,” he said. Cox also checked with the audience that “nobody here thinks the world is flat”. “I’ve just done three months in America, I had to check,” he joked.

Publishers unionise

Will publishers be the next to strike? The Bookseller reports that union membership in the profession has been on the rise. Zainab Juma, of the Penguin Random House UK Office Unions, told the magazine her numbers are growing “rapidly”, and urged employers to see it as an “opportunity, not a threat”. Verso’s union was recently recognised by the company, and workers at Bloomsbury are hoping for the same.

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