Plot to burgle Cilla Black’s home during her funeral foiled

Black's funeral will be held on August 20 at St Mary's Church in Woolton

A plot to burgle the home of late television presenter and singer Cilla Black has been thwarted, according the recently deceased star’s publicist.

Black’s funeral will be held on August 20 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, with the entertainer’s publicist, Nick Fiveash, claiming that suspicions were raised when a “professionally cut circular hole” was found in a fence surrounding the property in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

Fiveash said: “The police were immediately informed, 24-hour security has been increased on the property and all valuable assets including art, jewellery and her personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location.

“It looks as if they have been preparing to burgle the house during the funeral. The hole in the chain-link fence was cut in a very secluded place and it was not there before.”

Black’s eldest son, Robert Willis, said: “I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It’s inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time.”

A Thames Valley police spokeswoman said: “Thames Valley police was informed of criminal damage at a property in Denham today. Detectives are investigating the matter.”

Black died of a stroke after falling in her Spanish home last month. The singer and TV presenter was sunbathing on the balcony at her villa in Estepona, Spain when she fell and hit her head. She was knocked unconscious by the fall and subsequently died of a stroke.

SEE MORE: Why Cilla Black Was Far Cooler Than Blind Date Might Have You Believe

Prior to hosting hit TV dating show Blind Date, Liverpool-born Black made her name as a singer in the 1960s after being championed by The Beatles. She went on to achieve 11 Top 10 hits.

Black first released ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ in 1964, where it spent three weeks at Number One and went on to become the biggest-selling single by a female of the 1960s.