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Telly Floyd's best booze is pinched; Raiders even grabbed his 100-year-old Glenfiddich.

Telly chef Keith Floyd was on the warpath yesterday after burglars pinched all his best booze.

Flamboyant Floyd and his fourth wife, Tess, returned to their country cottage home after a holiday in Europe to discover it ransacked.

And the couple were left so shaken by the pounds 10,000 raid they armed themselves with a Zulu spear and frying pan before going to bed.

Fuming Floyd, 52, branded the burglars - who snatched his prized bottle of 100-year-old Glennfiddich whisky worth pounds 500 - "utter bastards".

Raiders smashed in through a back window of the pounds 150,000 cottage in East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire.

Floyd rang police to report the burglary then, in characteristic style, retired to the local pub to drown his sorrows.

He told the PC who took his call: "We are totally p*****-off so we're leaving the cat in charge and going to the pub."

As he downed whiskies, Floyd said: "The only thing in the burglars' favour is that they seem to have excellent taste!"

The raiders stole a van load of belongings - including 10 bottles of Floyd's vintage cognac and whisky and six bottles of champagne.

Tess, 33, lost her entire CD collection of 300 albums, a portrait painted by an artist friend and two valuable 18th Century Chinese tea bowls.

The gang also snatched a colour TV, satellite system, video, hi-fi, an antique Victorian chest and several pieces of porcelain.

And sports-mad Floyd was really cheesed off when he realised his treasured pounds 300 fishing rod and a favourite Barbour jacket were gone.

The break-in follows a string of other financial calamities.

Earlier this year, Floyd was forced to sell his millionpound restaurant in Tuckenhay, Devon, after running up debts of pounds 250,000.
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Author:Ellin, Tony
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 30, 1996
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