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Woman accused of burgling Simon Cowell's London home

Simon Cowell
Image caption Cowell's TV series Britain's Got Talent returned to ITV1 earlier on Saturday evening

A woman has been charged with aggravated burglary at the London home of music and media mogul Simon Cowell, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Leanne Zaloumis, 29, of Catford, south-east London will appear at West London Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The alleged break-in took place at the west London home of the talent show creator at 22:30 GMT on Saturday. It is not known if he was there.

A spokeswoman for Cowell's production company Syco has refused to comment.

Known for his outspoken views, Cowell well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his role as a judge on shows like The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol.

The 52-year-old is estimated to have a £200m fortune, according to last year's Sunday Times Rich List.

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