Chelsea player's home burgled as he and fiancée sleep

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Burglars raided the home of the England footballer Frank Lampard, stealing two of his cars as the midfielder and his pregnant fiancée slept inside the house.

Burglars raided the home of the England footballer Frank Lampard, stealing two of his cars as the midfielder and his pregnant fiancée slept inside the house.

The Chelsea star, 26, was disturbed when the raiders forced open the front door to his house in Chelsea, west London, shortly after 4am yesterday. The burglars snatched keys to the footballer's beige Mitsubishi Charisma and sky blue new- style Mini before driving away. They also took a computer and a television.

Lampard and his fiancée, Elen Rives, 28, had only moved into the house in the past few days. The three-storey house is worth an estimated £4m.

No one was injured during the raid and a man was later arrested in nearby Battersea on suspicion of burglary. One of the stolen vehicles was later found in Chelsea and the other, containing the stolen property, was discovered in Battersea.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to Lampard's address at 4.03am. A spokeswoman for the footballer said: "Frank has only been in the house for a matter of days but unfortunately photographs of the house have been published in various newspapers, which has not helped with maintaining his privacy and security.

"A small number of items were taken from Frank's house along with two motor vehicles. Frank was disturbed by the sounds of the cars leaving his property and we immediately contacted the police.

"Both cars and his property have been recovered undamaged. Neither Frank nor his fiancée Elen, who were asleep in the house at the time, were harmed in any way and neither was his house ransacked nor damaged."

Lampard is the latest high- profile figure in the area to be targeted by burglars. In February, intruders broke into the £2m home of the former Chelsea player Dennis Wise while his sister Kim was house-sitting.

She was forced to lock herself and her two young children in a bedroom as the intruders smashed up furniture before taking car keys, a plasma television and a mobile phone.