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F1 star Jenson Button and wife 'gassed' during villa raid

By Rachael Burnett

Published 08/08/2015

Jenson Button with his wife Jessica
Jenson Button with his wife Jessica
The ring which was stolen during the raid

Formula One driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica were gassed in their sleep by burglars who raided their room as they lay unconscious.

The pair were staying with friends in a villa in St Tropez on the French Riviera when thieves broke into the holiday home after pumping anaesthetic gas into the property through its air conditioning vents.

The raiders stole valuables worth more than £300,000, including Mrs Button's £250,000 engagement ring.

Police reportedly suspect a pair of criminals carried out the raid after staking out the property where Mr Button was staying for days beforehand.

"The burglars were in the same room as him and Jessica, rifling through all their drawers," a source said.

"But they weren't disturbed at all because the effects of the gas gives the burglars free rein."

He added: "The first they were aware was when they woke up groggy the next morning and realised the house had been turned upside down."

The investigation into tracking down the burglars is said to be centred on CCTV footage from the area.

It is believed the thieves made off with more than £300,000 worth of possessions.

The group were unharmed but have been left "unsurprisingly shaken by the events", a spokesman for Mr Button said.

"Jenson, Jessica and friends were on holiday when two men broke into the property while they all slept and stole a number of items of jewellery including, most upsettingly, Jessica's engagement ring," the spokesman said.

And he added: "The police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region."

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