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Man who broke into Simon Cowell's house while he was sleeping is charged with burglary

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A man has been charged with burglary following a break-in at Simon Cowell's house which took place last December.

The Metropolitan Police announced that Darren February, 32, will appear at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court on 5 October.

A spokesperson for the police said: "This follows an investigation by officers from Kensington and Chelsea CID."


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A man broke into Simon Cowell's house last December

A thief broke into Simon's £10million Holland Park Mansion around 2.20am on a Friday morning, while Simon, his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their son Eric were all asleep.

The burglary no doubt left Simon shaken and at the time of the raid he said it was "the most frightening thing" to have an intruder creep into your home.

The perpetrators entered the property and stole jewellery and cash from the safe – some of which was retrieved by the neighbourhood security guards who were patrolling the area, alongside Simon's passport.

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The music mogul and his family were asleep

"It's not what they steal," said the X Factor judge at the time. "It's that someone can break into your house. It's nerve-racking.

"No one got hurt. Someone gets into your house and steals stuff – it could have been worse. I was fine. Lauren was woken up with me and checked on Eric."

Joking about his pet Yorkshire Terriers Squiddly and Diddly, he added: "We have the worst guard dogs in the world. Maybe we'll get bigger dogs."

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"Lauren was woken up with me and checked on Eric," said Simon

Simon has since stepped up his security and fired one of his own personal guards after suspecting that it was an inside job.

Of the burglar, the music mogul said: "He got up to the first floor and there were two doors, one to my bedroom and one to my bathroom, which leads to a dressing room where the safe was.

"So he could have walked into my bedroom. Instead, he chose the other so he went through the bathroom. I think he had inside knowledge, definitely."

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