Richard E Grant reveals his car was used to ram-raid Tesco Express while stuck in quarantine hotel

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Richard E Grant attends the Walpole British Luxury Awards (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Walpole)
Richard E Grant attends the Walpole British Luxury Awards (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Walpole)

Richard E Grant has revealed his car has been stolen and used to ram-raid a Tesco Express while he is stuck in a quarantine hotel.

The Withnail & I actor posted a tweet on Wednesday which said he had been woken by police at 4am and informed of the theft.

Quoting the iconic character, he told his followers: “I think we’ve been here too long. I feel unusual, I think we should go outside.”

He added: “Withnail Covid quarantine quote for Wednesday. Woken at 4am - police called to report that my car had been stolen and used to ram-raid a Tesco Express! Like my pal @EricIdle is won’t [sic]to warble ’ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE!’”

It came after a 4x4 was spotted being pulled out of a Tesco Express in Bear Rd, Hanworth on Monday.

Police said they recovered a vehicle from the scene of the 2.30am burglary.

Scotland Yard said they couldn’t disclose personal details of victims of crime and wouldn’t confirm the link to the actor’s stolen vehicle.

The 64-year-old actor has been updating his followers on the “punishing” conditions at the Holiday Inn at Gatwick Airport following a trip to visit family in South Africa.

In a video on Twitter, he said: “I went to southern Africa to visit my 90-year-old mother and got caught by the red region Covid restrictions.

“It took over a week and many cancelled flights to finally get home, for which I am incredibly grateful.

“I understand that there are security costs in the hotel and you’ve got to pay for two Covid tests, but £228 a day to receive 3 meals a day of this very poor standard, in a supposed 4* Holiday Inn hotel, beggars belief.”

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