Plus the former Beatle meets Perez Hilton…

Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his Outstanding Achievement Award by pinching the Brits scenery.

Apparently the statuette presented to the former Beatle wasn’t enough for him so he bagged a slightly bigger souvenir.

According to The London Paper Macca spied one of the giant Brit Awards replicas in the backstage area, picked up the two-metre tall model and made off with it.

“It was hilarious, he just disappeared,” an onlooker told the paper. “He looked like he was really having fun.”

Meanwhile McCartney was also making friends in the gossip community, telling notorious blogger Perez Hilton: “I’ve read about you.”

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