It has been said that The Ready Steady Cook, was in fact detained by police on the suspicion of theft right in front of customers in Henley-on-Thames after five alleged shoplifting episodes in last sixteen days, this is reported by the Sun
. Supposedly he was caught on tape by store chiefs in the Oxford Shire outlet, at the self-check out taking cheeses and wine. It has been alleged that Thompson had hidden items into his bags without the thought of paying for them and he was caught just last Friday.
”I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I’ve let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed.
”I am not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason – what went through my head, only time will tell.
”Of course, I must also apologies sincerely to Tesco, with whom I’m had a long and genuine working relationship, and to all the staff at the Henley branch, many of whom I’ve got to know over the years.
”Once again, I am so sorry and hopefully in the future I can make amends.”
A source had told The Sun of how he stole items from the retail giant:
”He was ordering blocks of cheese at the deli counter, taking bottles of wine, then putting some things through the scanner but walking out with the rest.
”They caught him on camera doing it more than once, but had to be 100% sure it was not a genuine mistake before apprehending him. Because of his high profile, the security staff could not afford to get it wrong.”
Thompson had been taken to a local police station and had to give fingerprints and a DNA saliva sample, as well as posing for a mug shot, before he was handed a formal caution.