Strictly thieves 'opportunistic'
Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has said the thieves who struck contestants' dressing rooms while the show was on air were "opportunistic".
Police are investigating the incident in which a number of valuables, including an iPad, phone and jewellery, are said to have been stolen from an area used by female competitors.
The thefts occurred when the BBC One show headed to Blackpool from a heat which took place at the Tower Ballroom, which saw the highest scores of the series so far.
Appearing as a guest on ITV's Daybreak this morning, Sophie said: " It was just an opportunistic thing. The police are looking into it."
"There's no one to blame for it," she added.
Lancashire Police were alerted to the thefts shortly after the programme finished on Saturday night. They said: "It was reported to us at around 9:45pm that some items had been taken from a dressing room within the building.
"Officers are investigating the theft and are making a number of inquiries to trace the person or people responsible and we would appeal to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area to contact police."
Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede were at the top of the judges' leaderboard, after impressing with their performances and both drawing scores of 39 points out of a possible 40. Viewers saw actress Fiona Fullerton voted out of the series with partner Anton Du Beke.
After the show, Sophie reportedly treated fans to an impromptu performance of her hit Murder On The Dancefloor after heading to a Blackpool club with her co-stars.
According to the Daily Mirror, even though the contestants had a VIP area booked upstairs at Roxy's club, Sophie headed downstairs to the main area and jumped up on stage to belt out a note-perfect rendition of her song.
An onlooker said: "She was joking she'd got some dutch courage and just did it on the spur of the moment. It was amazing how brilliant she sounded given she just walked up there after a few drinks."