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Boyzone singer devastated after burglars raid his Highgate home

PUBLISHED: 18:36 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:11 07 September 2010

By Bob Antrim Boyzone star Stephen Gately has been left devastated after burglars raided his plush Highgate home and got away with £80,000 worth of his jewellery. The singer, 32, was distraught after discovering that among the haul was a £20,000 custom-m

By Bob Antrim

Boyzone star Stephen Gately has been left devastated after burglars raided his plush Highgate home and got away with £80,000 worth of his jewellery.

The singer, 32, was distraught after discovering that among the haul was a £20,000 custom-made Rolex watch he bought with his first pay cheque after the Irish boy band reached the top of the charts.

The thieves also pocketed a flawless Cartier diamond worth £20,000 and a diamond-encrusted bracelet given to him as a gift by his life partner Andy Coules. The pair married in a civil ceremony two years ago and have lived in the seven-bedroom home since tying the knot.

They were not at home when the raiders struck and Mr Gately told the Ham&High: ''I'm deeply upset because these items had great sentimental value and the reality is that they'll probably be sold off for a fraction of their true value in some second-hand shop.

''Of all the things I've lost, I'm most upset about the Rolex watch as all the boys in the band bought one as a memento with our first pay cheques when we became famous.''

Mr Gately has now had a state-of-the-art security and system installed to back up the surveillance cameras he already had at his home.

Despite the break-in he has no plans to leave the area.

''I really love Highgate and wouldn't move away for the world. It has a great vibe and the people here are brilliant. I also love going out to Crouch End's restaurants - it's just such a great area to live in.''

The singer has recently returned from a comeback tour with Boyzone which included sell-out concerts at London's 02 Arena and Wembley Arena.


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