Another home of a Liverpool footballer has been burgled when the player has been on playing duty away from Anfield – but this time the crime was all the more shocking because the player’s house wasn’t empty.
Steven Gerrard’s wife, Alex Curran, was at home when their mansion was invaded by four masked men. The balaclava-clad thieves kicked the door in just before 9.30pm, then stole items of jewellery believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Thankfully Alex is said to be unharmed but is obviously shaken. No information has been released as to whether the couple’s two children, Lily-Ella and Lexie, were in the house at the time.
This makes Gerrard the seventh victim of burglars since summer 2006.
The police say forensic examination of the property, in Formby, would be taking place today, with house-to-house enquiries being made too.
A statement from Merseyside Police read: “Officers were called to an address in Formby following a confrontational burglary at 9.30pm last night. Four offenders – who were all white, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall and wearing dark clothing – broke into the property and stole jewellery. We want to speak to anyone who has any information.”
The police say that information can be provided anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Last month Dirk Kuyt became the sixth Liverpool player in around 18 months to be hit by burglars when playing away from Anfield. In his case he was on international duty at the time. He followed current and past keeper Pepe Reina and Jerzy Dudek, defender Danny Agger, forward Peter Crouch and former player Florent Sinama-Pongolle.