F1's Bernie Ecclestone claims daughter Tamara's £50m jewellery raid is INSIDE JOB

FORMER F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has claimed the £50m worth of gems stolen from daughter Tamara's London home was an inside job.

Every piece of jewellery in the £70million mansion is said to have been swiped in a 50-minute raid on Friday night – just hours after Tamara, 35, left the country for her Christmas holidays.

Three raiders are believed to have broken into the 57-room mansion having evaded both the 24-hour security teams that patrol the street known as "Billionaire Row" and Ecclestone's own internal security operations.

They are thought to have broken in through the garden then headed to safes hidden in the bedroom.

They were eventually disturbed by a security guard before fleeing with items including precious rings, earrings and an £80,000 Cartier bangle wedding gift.

Tamara, her husband Jay and daughter Sophia had boarded a private jet for Lapland just hours earlier.

Speaking today Mr Ecclestone, who is in London, said he believed it was an "inside job".

He told the Sun Online: "I don't have all the facts but given all the security at the house, I'm assuming it was an inside job. The police should be able to work it out shouldn't they?

"Tamara is fine, she's not happy but thank god no one was in the house. No one was at home apart from security.

"It's all a bit funny at the moment. These things happen and you've got to get on with things."

Meanwhile Tamara posted a passage from the Bible on her Instagram today, saying: "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open…"

She had also posted photos on Instagram of the family boarding a private jet on the way to their holiday.

Neighbours were shocked at Friday night’s break-in, which took place on one of the most prestigious streets in London with 24-hour security patrols and checkpoints.

Witnesses saw three police cars outside the home near Kensington Palace in West London at 11.30pm on Friday.

Our neighbourhood source said last night: "This is the most shocking burglary because it is one of the most secure houses in London on one of the most secure streets in London.

"An estimated £50million worth of jewellery has been stolen from inside Tamara’s safe and Jay’s safe.

"Whoever did this was in the house for 50 minutes in total and had time to smash open the safes that are hidden in Tamara’s dressing room and Jay’s dressing room. Neither would be easy to find.

"Every single piece of jewellery that she had in her safe has gone and some of them had such personal meaning."

There was a guard working in the mansion’s security room at the time of the robbery, according to the source.

They added: “The three raiders climbed over the back fence and went into the garden, before somehow gaining access to the house.

“They were disturbed by a security guard after being inside for 50 minutes and are said to have bundled out of an open window."

Scotland Yard has not yet made any arrests.

A spokesman for businesswoman Tamara, the daughter of former F1 boss Bernie, confirmed the robbery took place.

He said: “I can sadly confirm that there has been a home invasion. Internal security are cooperating with police in this matter.

“Tamara and family are well but obviously angry and shaken by the incident.”

Tamara also has a daughter Sophia, five.

Their street, Kensington Palace Gardens, has been dubbed “Billionaire Row”, with the average house price at £33million.

Prince William and wife Kate live nearby, and homeowners include Foxtons’ founder Jon Hunt, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the Sultan of Brunei and China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin.

The road is permanently patrolled by Diplomatic Protection Group police officers operating out of gates and checkpoints.

Last night police were asking for anyone with information on the raid to come forward.

A Met spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a residential property in Palace Green, W8, at 23.11hrs on Friday, 13 December, to reports of a burglary.

“Officers attended. It was reported that an amount of high-value jewellery had been stolen.

"There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”

It is not the first time a British F1 figure has been targeted by burglars. Ex-world champ Jenson Button was inside his French house when it was raided in 2015.

Thieves pumped gas in through the air vents before breaking in to the holiday villa in Saint-Tropez.

Jenson, wife Jessica and pals were rendered unconscious as thieves stole £300,000 of goods, including a £250,000 engagement ring.

Family a target of gem theft

By Stephen Moyes

THE Ecclestone family has previously been embroiled in gem raid dramas.

Tamara’s former brother- in-law James Stunt claimed he was the victim of a £90million burglary at his home in Belgravia, South West London.

Stunt who is now divorced from Petra Ecclestone, told cops in 2017 that jewellery, cash, gold and watches were swiped.

But police closed the investigation months later with no arrests made.

Back in November 2010, Tamara and Petra’s dad Bernie was mugged for his jewellery, worth £200,000, in front of his Brazilian girlfriend Fabiana Flosi.

Three men waited outside his home in Knightsbridge, central London, and kicked and punched him — leaving him with a horrific black eye.

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