British police arrest Beckham staff over theft

Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:08am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Two staff working at the English mansion belonging to David Beckham and his wife Victoria have been arrested on suspicion of stealing memorabilia belonging to the soccer star, media reports said on Tuesday.

Newspapers said possessions belonging to the Los Angeles Galaxy player and his "Posh Spice" wife were allegedly taken from their home, dubbed "Beckingham Palace," in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, about 30 miles northeast of London.

Personal items including football boots, sportswear and designer clothes were then put up for sale on Internet auction site eBay, the reports said.

"An incident has taken place," a spokesman for the Beckhams confirmed. "The matter is now in the hands of the police."

Police confirmed they had arrested two people, a 56-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man from Essex, on suspicion of theft from a private address in Sawbridgeworth after officers were alerted last Friday.

The arrested couple are due to return to a police station on November 22, a police spokeswoman said.

The Beckhams currently live in a $22 million Beverly Hills mansion but maintain their Hertfordshire home as a base.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato)

<p>Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>