Jack Grealish breaks silence over ‘traumatic’ £1m burglary at Cheshire mansion

Manchester City star hopes burglar gang are caught after they took £1million in jewellery and watches

Barney Davis
Monday 01 January 2024 14:37 GMT
Jack Grealish’s mansion ransacked by thieves in £1m raid

Jack Grealish has opened up about the “traumatic experience” of burglars raiding his mansion as his family watched him play football.

Burglars broke into the Manchester City maestro’s Cheshire mansion as he starred in a Premier League clash against Everton – getting away with a reported £1m in jewellery and watches.

Grealish’s parents and his influencer fiancee Sasha Attwood were inside the property watching the match when they heard a disturbance on Wednesday night, The Sun reported.

This has been a traumatic experience for all of us, I am just so grateful that nobody was hurt

Jack Grealish

They hit a panic button and an emergency response was launched with a helicopter, police dogs and a number of officers sent to the property near Knutsford, but no suspects were detected.

Writing on Instagram, Grealish said: “I can’t begin to explain how devastated I am over the burglary that took place at my home a few days ago.

“My family mean the world to me and nothing is more important than ensuring their safety.

“This has been a traumatic experience for all of us, I am just so grateful that nobody was hurt.

“I have had so many amazing experiences and achievements over the last 12 months, but to be honest the best year of my life in football now doesn’t feel like something I can celebrate.

“The people that commit these terrible crimes have no idea of the damage they cause to people’s lives. I hope they are found and brought to justice so no other family has to go through what we have.

“I appreciate the messages from everyone and the support from my friends, teammates and the club.

“On a more positive note, I’d like to thank everyone for their support throughout this past year, I wish you and your family a happy 2024.”

Grealish’s England team-mate James Maddison was one of the first to reply to the post with: “Love ya brother”.

Grealish struggled in his latest match against Sheffield United and was substituted after 52 minutes for Oscar Bobb, who played a key role in the important second goal.

The midfielder looked crestfallen and embraced by his manager Pep Guardiola as he walked off, with no obvious sign of an injury.

Guardiola warned his players about the dangers of social media as he addressed the raid.

He said: “They have security but unfortunately it’s happened. It’s happened many times.

“United players as well. I don’t know much about London but it’s happened (there), and not just in the UK – I know in Catalonia, where my family lives, many things happen.

“Today you have to be careful, definitely. Not much on social media – the less they know what you are doing the better. People are waiting (to see) where you are, what you are doing.

“Jewellery, money, whatever – it’s tough – and the family being there is difficult to process. It’s tough for Jack, as it was with Joao before.”

Guardiola was referencing formerManchester City defender Joao Cancelo, who was the victim of a robbery at his home several years ago.

Manchester City's Phil Foden and Jack Grealish celebrate after the Sheffield United match
Manchester City's Phil Foden and Jack Grealish celebrate after the Sheffield United match (Reuters)

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Constabulary said on Friday: “At around 9.50pm on Wednesday 27 December police were called to reports of a burglary.

“The caller reported that a number of items had been stolen.

“Officers, supported by the police dogs and NPAS (National Police Air Service), were deployed and searches were conducted in the local area, but there was no trace of the suspects.

“No arrests have been made at this time and inquiries are ongoing.”

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