Abbey and Peter Crouch"s 4.5m Cheshire home attacked by burglars

Burglars attack Abbey and Peter Crouch”s 4.5m Cheshire home

Peter and Abbey Crouch are ‘distraught’ after being burgled at their new 4.5million mansion.

The England and Stoke City striker and his wife discovered the break-in at their home in Prestbury, Cheshire, on Tuesday evening after returning from a day out.

The house had been given ‘a pretty untidy going-over’, according to police.

Abbey and Peter Crouch are

Shock: Abbey and Peter Crouch are “distraught” after their new 4.5million mansion was broken into on Tuesday evening

Christmas presents, a watch and a number of rings belonging to Abbey, 25, are believed to be among the items stolen.

The couple’s nine-month-old daughter, Sophia, was staying with Mrs Crouch’s mother at the time.

A close friend of the pair told the Mail: ‘Abbey and Peter must have disturbed the burglars when they heard their car coming up the drive.

“They believe there were several men in the house.’

The couple bought the six-bedroom home – which has a gym, cinema and swimming pool – from ex-England cricketer Andrew Flintoff three months ago.

Luxurious: The 4.5million mansion has a gym, cinema and swimming pool. Wayne and Coleen Rooney live nearby

Luxurious: The 4.5million mansion has a gym, cinema and swimming pool. Wayne and Coleen Rooney live nearby

In fact the Premiership footballer and his wife live just yards from Wayne and Coleen Rooney, and Rio Ferdinand also lives nearby.

A police source said: ‘The couple discovered the break-in after they returned to the house at around 7.20pm on Tuesday night.

‘The house had not been ransacked but had been given a pretty untidy going over and there were several items missing.

‘Wehave no value on the missing items as yet but it was obviously an unpleasant thing to come home to and police have launched an investigation.”

It is not the first time Peter Crouchhas been targeted by burglars – he was raided in 2006 at his previous home in Alderley Edge.

Recent move: Crouch relocated from London to Cheshire following a transfer to Stoke City

Recent move: Crouch relocated from London to Cheshire following a transfer to Stoke City

On that occasion raiders targeted the England striker as he played for his country in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Thievestrashed his house stealing football memorabilia, champagne and jewellery and his exclusive Aston Martin car worth a total of 200,000.

Hewas just one victim of a gang that repeatedly targeted the homes of Premiership footballers, including Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Roque Santa Cruz, in the North West.

JamesBirch, 20, who raided six footballer’s homes – timing his break-ins to coincide with football games when he knew players would not be at home -was jailed for two and a half years in 2006.