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Tamara Ecclestone raid: Mother and son in court over burglary

A mother and son have been appeared in court over the raid on heiress Tamara Ecclestone’s home, in which £50m of jewellery is believed to have been stolen.

Ms Ecclestone was away from her central London mansion when the burglary happened on 13 December.

Cleaner and housemaid Maria Mester, 47, and her 29-year-old bar worker son Emil-Bogdan Savastru are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

The court was told that a haul of cash, jewellery and watches were taken in the raid.

When asked to confirm their personal details in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the pair gave their nationalities as Romanian.


Savastru, of Bethnal Green in east London, was arrested at Heathrow airport on Friday.

Mester was listed as having no fixed abode.

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A 21-year-old man held at Stansted airport on Friday has been released under investigation – as has a 31-year-old man who was arrested in east London on Thursday.

All of Ms Ecclestone’s jewellery was reported taken in the raid and her father later said she had been left “angry and shaken”.

The Formula One heiress has not commented directly on the incident but did share a quotation from the Bible on her Instagram page that read: “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

Mester and Savastru are scheduled to appear in custody at Isleworth Crown Court on February 28.


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