Antony Worrall Thompson 'Arrested For Shoplifting' (UPDATED)

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Antony Worral Thompson has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting.
Antony Worral Thompson has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting.

Antony Worrall Thompson has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a Tesco store, according to a report.

The Ready Steady Cook star, was detained by police on suspicion of theft in front of stunned customers in Henley-on-Thames after five alleged shoplifting episodes in just 16 days, reports The Sun.

He is said to have been cautioned for pilfering goods, including cheese and wine, via the self-service checkout area - and the alleged crimes were caught on camera by store chiefs in the Oxfordshire outlet.

Worrall Thompson allegedly sneaked some items into bags without paying for them and guards caught him last Friday.

UPDATE: Antony has apologised for his actions in a statement and has said he will 'seek treatment'.

"I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I've let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed.

"I am not the first, and I certainly won't be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason - what went through my head, only time will tell.

"Of course, I must also apologise sincerely to Tesco, with whom I'm had a long and genuine working relationship, and to all the staff at the Henley branch, many of whom I've got to know over the years.

"Once again, I am so sorry and hopefully in the future I can make amends."

A source had told The Sun of how he stole items from the retail giant: "He was ordering blocks of cheese at the deli counter, taking bottles of wine, then putting some things through the scanner but walking out with the rest.

"They caught him on camera doing it more than once, but had to be 100% sure it was not a genuine mistake before apprehending him. Because of his high profile, the security staff could not afford to get it wrong."

Worrall Thompson was taken to a local police station and had to give fingerprints and a DNA saliva sample, as well as posing for a mugshot, before being handed a formal caution.

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