Kerry Katona held captive by armed gang

Former Atomic Kitten singer’s house raided

Former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona’s house was raided by armed robbers on Sunday night (July 15).

Katona and her family were locked in a room of her Cheshire home while the raiders ransacked the property. They broke into the £1.5 million house just before midnight, reports BBC News.

Three masked men carrying a knife, sledgehammers and crowbars broke into the home that Katona shares with husband Mark Croft in Wilmslow.

They kept her and their baby Heidi downstairs as they took Croft around the house looking for things to steal. Croft was later taken to join them and all were secured in the room while the robbers made their escape at about 0030 BST.

Detectives said that the gang escaped with goods worth about £150,000 including two laptops, two gaming machines and two televisions.

Cheshire police said the family had been left shaken but unharmed.

Katona’s publicist Max Clifford said she was in a “terrible state”.

He explained: “When I spoke to her this morning she was in floods of tears and absolutely distraught. It was a terrifying experience. Luckily they weren’t hurt, but Kerry was held at knifepoint and the robbers threatened to kill them…Kerry and Mark managed to raise the alarm afterwards, although the men had taken their mobile phones.”

Katona and her husband are yet to be interviewed by police officers, a force spokesman said. He said that it was not possible to say how the property had been broken into until formal statements had been taken.

Three CCTV cameras could be seen at the front of the house, but there were not visible signs of any break-in.