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TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson sorry for shoplifting food

A British celebrity chef has apologised after he was caught shoplifting from a supermarket near London.

Anthony Worrall Thompson, a British TV chef, was cautioned by police after being caught shoplifting cheese and wine in a local Tesco supermarket.
Anthony Worrall Thompson, a British TV chef, was cautioned by police after being caught shoplifting cheese and wine in a local Tesco supermarket.

LONDON // A celebrity chef has apologised after he was caught shoplifting from a supermarket.

Antony Worrall Thompson was caught stealing cheese and wine from a Tesco store in Henley-on-Thames, west of London.

In a statement posted on his website today the 60 year old said he was sorry "for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions".

He said will seek treatment and apologised to Tesco staff. The Sun newspaper reports he stole cheese and wine.

Thames Valley Police issued Mr Worrall Thompson with a formal caution — a written rebuke for a crime. Mr Worrall Thompson will not face further charges but the caution can be mentioned in court if he reoffends.

Tesco declined to comment, saying it was a police matter.

Mr Worrall Thompson appeared on the BBC daytime cookery show Ready Steady Cook and ITV's Daily Cooks Challenge.

He opened his first restaurant in London in 1981, but had to close four in 2009 following recession in Britain.