David and Victoria Beckham have been forced to up security after a terrifying break in at their Cotswolds mansion as a gang of balaclava wearing raiders scaled the side of their family home.
The couple, who have four children are said to be distraught over the attempted burglary – which ended when the intruders were chased away.
Police were called to the couple’s £6 million home in Great Tew, Oxfordshire, last Friday after their 24 hour security surveillance team noticed the men on the property’s CCTV.
Now, David, 43, has now been forced to significantly increase security at the countryside home where he, Victoria and their children spend many of their weekends.
Police were called to the couple’s £6 million home in Great Tew, Oxfordshire, last Friday after their 24 hour security surveillance team noticed the intruders on the property’s CCTV
CCTV has shown how the trio, used a ladder to look into the windows of the upstairs of the house before running from the scene.
One of the men was dressed head to toe in a hooded overalls, along with a balaclava. Another wore jeans and a black hat and matching scarf.
They were seen trawling the area and are thought to have been planning a break in. David and Victoria, 44, are understood to have been on their way to Australia with son Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, 7, when the attempted break on happened.
Hours later, Victoria Beckham was pictured looking distressed and speculation grew over what had happened.
It has now been revealed the mother-of-four was terrified over how close the gang came to getting inside her home.
A source said: ‘David and Victoria are absolutely devastated by this. They are extremely protective of their family and their home life so the thought that people would intrude on that is just so upsetting for them.
One of the men was dressed head to toe in a hooded all in one outfit, along with a balaclava. Another wore jeans and a black hat and matching scarf
‘This has hit them hard. Victoria has been upset for the last couple of days about this, it has been so though for her. It is frightening and dreadful to think someone would be intruding on their personal space.
‘David hates the fact he has to have such high tech and extremely tight security around him.
‘He would love to be normal but his number one priority is to protect his wife, children and wider family. He is absolutely furious that he has now has to increase his security even more.’
Taking no chances, the security increase will include guard dogs, motion sensor alarms and regular patrols have now been installed to prevent any further intruders getting close to their home, which they’ve been refurbishing for nearly two years.
The Beckhams at Paris Fashion Week on January 18 this year
Neighbours include the Prince Harru and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and David Cameron. Soho Farmhouse attracts the likes of Kate Moss, James Corden and singer Sam Smith.
The Beckhams arrived in Australia on Saturday night as guests at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Sydney.
Last week David gave an interview to Aussie television show, The Sunday Project, where he spoke candidly about his relationship with former Spice Girl Victoria, saying: ‘I think marriage is always about hard work.
‘Your children, they want your time and they deserve your time and we are hard working and we feel that is the right way to bring up our children to prove and to show them you have to work hard to be successful.’
A spokesman for the Beckhams declined to comment.