Jamie: It was fright­en­ing but I didn’t have a choice

TV chef tells how he tack­led bur­glar

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of show­biz tom.bryant@mir­ror.co.uk

BRAVE Jamie Oliver has re­called the mo­ment he tack­led a man who tried to break into his house.

The Mir­ror told yes­ter­day how the TV chef, 43, was hailed a hero af­ter chas­ing the bur­glar down the street and pin­ning him down.

Re­liv­ing the or­deal, Jamie said: “It was a very odd, fright­en­ing sce­nario. I was lucky to be there to stop some­thing from get­ting much worse. I didn’t have a choice, so it wasn’t re­ally about brav­ery. “It’s not a sit­u­a­tion you want to get in­volved with.” Jamie’s wife Jools and their five chil­dren were all at home in High­gate, north London, at the time of the in­ci­dent last week. The man also tried to break into nearby houses in­clud­ing one be­lieved to be­long to Kate Moss.

A source said: “Jamie went ab­so­lutely mad and sprinted af­ter the man down the street be­fore catch­ing up with him and pin­ning him down to the floor.

“He was then joined by his driver and a hand­ful of neigh­bours who helped.”

Scot­land Yard said of­fi­cers were called to re­ports of “an ag­gres­sive male at­tempt­ing to gain en­try to res­i­den­tial ad­dresses in N6”. A man was ar­rested but later re­leased with­out charge.

Wit­nesses said the bur­glar ap­peared to be “off his face” on drugs.

Jamie was yes­ter­day un­veiled as the new face of su­per­mar­ket gi­ant Tesco.

Jamie, who pro­moted ri­val Sains­bury’s for 11 years, will show shop­pers how to swap food high in sugar, salt and calo­ries for health­ier op­tions.

He said: “I’m go­ing to work re­ally hard creat­ing ex­cit­ing meals, short cuts and tips that get peo­ple fired up to cook.”

BRAV­ERY TV chef and, right, yes­ter­day’s Mir­ror

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