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Tamara Ecclestone burglary: Italian man pleads guilty to role in £25m raid

An Italian national has admitted his role in a £25m raid at the Kensington mansion of Tamara Ecclestone.

Alessandro Donati, 43, pleaded guilty at Isleworth crown court on Tuesday to a single count of conspiracy to burgle properties between 29 November and 18 December 2019.

The charge relates to burglaries including a raid on Ecclestone’s London home in December of that year in which thieves allegedly stole £25m of jewellery and cash.

Ecclestone, the daughter of the former Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone, was on holiday in Lapland with her husband, the art gallery owner Jay Rutland, and their daughter at the time.

Other alleged victims of the conspiracy included the former Chelsea FC player and manager Frank Lampard and his television presenter wife, Christine Bleakley, as well as the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Donati, who previously denied the charge, appeared in the dock with an Italian interpreter, speaking only to confirm his identity before entering the guilty plea.

Judge Martin Edmunds QC remanded him in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

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