Police hunt £300million property heiress 'for assaulting two officers'

Jamie Johnson
Chloe Pidgley was due to appear in court on Monday  - REX

Police are hunting the heiress to a £300m property fortune after she allegedly assaulted two police officers.

Chloe Pidgley, 26, is the granddaughter of Berkeley Homes founder Tony Pidgley, whose fortune puts him among the wealthiest 400 people in Britain.

Miss Pidgley was due to appear in court on Monday after being accused of assaulting Metropolitan PCs Calum Jackson and Jake Harris near her Earls Court apartment in March, but failed to appear, so an arrest warrant has been issued by Westminster magistrates.

No details of the alleged attack have been released but former receptionist was charged by postal requisition with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, and told to attend court.

Miss Pidgley was herself the victim of a violent attack by an ex-boyfriend, who was jailed in March for assaulting the young woman.

According to the Evening Standard, Miss Pidgley was left curled up in a ball, screaming for mercy as Antonio Henry threw a chair and a radiator at her. She was left bruised and bloodied, breaking down in tears as Henry was jailed for 21 months.

He had refused to accept their relationship was over, and Miss Pidgley later told the Standard she was “over the moon” her ex-boyfriend was in prison, adding: “I feel so much safer now. I’m so happy. I just feel like it’s a fresh start.”

The alleged incident involving the assault by the 26-year-old on the police officers happened just four days later.

Miss Pidgley’s grandfather, Tony, Pidgley was adopted from Barnardo’s aged four by travellers and spend his formative years living in a disused railway carriage. He left school aged 15, struggling to read and write, and became a gardener.

He saved up enough money to buy a lorry and quickly established it as a significant haulage company.

By 1968, just five years after leaving school, he sold the business and became a millionaire, gaining a job at the purchaser, Crest Nicholson, in their building division.

His experiences allowed him to found Berkeley and turn it into one of the most-respected housebuilders in the industry.