What drove successful celebrity chef to steal from Tesco?

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has spoken about his recent shoplifting incident.

The star said that he had no idea what drove him to steal from Tesco supermarket in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, but that he would be seeking help for his problems.

Worrall Thompson stole a total of £70.68 worth of goods over five separate visits to the store.

Following the first couple of incidents, staff were reluctant to believe that such a high profile star would steal things from the store. But they monitored him closely and gathered enough evidence to approach him.

Security guards approached him in the car park regarding the unpaid items - which were a newspaper, three onions and a sandwich.

In a statement, Worrall Thompson said:

"I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I’ve let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed.

"I am not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason - what went through my head, only time will tell.

"Of course, I must also apologise sincerely to Tesco, with whom I’m had a long and genuine working relationship, and to all the staff at the Henley branch, many of whom I’ve got to know over the years.

"Once again, I am so sorry and hopefully in the future I can make amends."

In 2009, Worrall Thompson was hit by the recession and forced to put his firm into the hands of administrators. Around 60 of his staff were made redundant when he closed four of his restaurants and pubs.

However the Ready Steady Cook star is far from hard up - on one occasion he stole £4 worth of goods after paying £180 for three crates of champagne.

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