Telly star Richard Hammond has fallen victim to burglars at the country castle where he has been recovering from his last car crash.
Police are probing a midnight raid at the sprawling 20-acre estate owned by the Grand Tour and former Top Gear host known as The Hamster.
The break-in terror sparked fresh concerns for the star’s safety, coming just months after he cheated death for the second time in a decade.
Richard, 48, was driving a £2million supercar in Switzerland last summer when he lost control before it flipped over and burst into flames.
He has been resting up at home recently, as rumours emerged Amazon bosses might not offer him, Jeremy Clarkson and James May a fourth series of The Grand Tour.
A source said: “It’s not been a good year for Richard. Jeremy has denied it but last week fans were convinced series three was going to be the last one.
“To top it all off it sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.
“It must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.”