Someone needs a locksmith: Chantelle Houghton unlocks the front door as Alex Reid"s keys fail to work on her Essex home

Someone needs a locksmith: Chantelle Houghton unlocks the front door as Alex Reid's keys fail to work at her Essex home

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22:03 GMT, 1 October 2012

It was once the fairytale castle that he shared with his princess, but it now seems he is no longer welcome there.

Alex Reid got a nasty surprise when he tried to open the door of the house where ex-fiance Chantelle Houghton and his baby daughter live.

The 37-year-old was left red-faced when his keys were unable to open the front door of the Essex home on Sunday evening.

Let me in: Alex Reid was unable to gain entry to the home his ex fiance Chantelle Houghton and baby Dolly share, on Sunday evening

Let me in: Alex Reid was unable to gain entry to the home his ex fiance Chantelle Houghton and baby Dolly share, on Sunday evening

Alex was seen arriving at the property at around 6pm when he tried turning his door keys in the lock.

It is unclear whether Chantelle had simply bolted the entrance from the inside or if she had changed the locks altogether.

As the cage-fighter struggled to gain entry he knocked on the door and an annoyed Chantelle, 29, opened up and gave her former beau an angry glare.

A woman scorned: Chantelle eventually opened the door after Alex realised his keys weren't working and he knocked

A woman scorned: Chantelle eventually opened the door after Alex realised his keys weren't working and he knocked

No forced entry: Chantelle looked a little annoyed as she opened the door for her cage fighting ex-fiance

No forced entry: Chantelle looked a little annoyed as she opened the door for her cage fighting ex-fiance

Chantelle had her hands full as she carried baby Dolly in one arm as she let Alex skulk inside.

The pair stayed inside for a couple of hours before Reid emerged later and in some what of a hurry to get out of the compound.

According to witnesses Alex was seen running out of the front door as he bolted into his car where he made a hasty getaway.

He then sped off quickly in his motor but managed to clip a parked car before mounting the curb and a grass verge.

Wipe your feet: Chantelle had her hands full as she carried baby Dolly in one arm as she let Alex skulk inside

Wipe your feet: Chantelle had her hands full as she carried baby Dolly in one arm as she let Alex skulk inside

Home sweet home: Once inside, Alex was all smiles as he shut the door behind him

Home sweet home: Once inside, Alex was all smiles as he shut the door behind him

While Alex has been spotted making frequent visits to the house recently, their love affair is still not back on.

However, the couple are believed to be on better terms for the sake of their three-month-old daughter.

A close friend told MailOnline: 'Alex is keen to see Dolly as much as he can but he and Chantelle are not back together.'

Reid meanwhile has spoken out again about his hope for a reconciliation with his ex.

He told Now magazine: 'This has hit me for six. It feels almost as bad as what Jordan did to me.

'I haven’t cried, though, because it’s still so early and I’ve still got hope.'

In a hurry: Alex was seen speeding off from the house around two hours later as he clipped a park car and mounted the curb

In a hurry: Alex was seen speeding off from the house around two hours later as he clipped a park car and mounted the curb