Benedict Cumberbatch's knife raid terror: Ranting armed man kicked his way into £3.5m London home leaving his family fearing for their lives as he screamed 'I know you've moved here'
Benedict Cumberbatch and his family were left fearing for their lives when a former chef at a luxury hotel launched a ranting knife attack at the star's home. Jack Bissell, 35, kicked his way through the front garden's iron gate at the actor's £3.5million house in north London, ripped the intercom off the wall and made a series of terrifying threats. Bissell, who has not explained his outburst, was shouting: 'I know you've moved here, I hope it burns down,' a court heard. Cumberbatch, 46, his wife Sophie Hunter, 45, and their three young children were in the home at the time and could hear Bissell smashing into the garden and screaming abuse. The former chef de partie at the five-star Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair then pulled out one of the family's plants and threw it at the garden wall, spat at the intercom and prised it loose using a fish knife. A source said: 'Naturally all of the family were absolutely terrified and thought this guy was going to get in and hurt them. 'Luckily it never went that far. Benedict and Sophie have had many sleepless nights since worrying that they may be targeted again. 'The fact that it was a targeted intrusion makes it a lot more scary.' Bissell fled the scene but was arrested after police found his DNA on the intercom. He admitted criminal damage at Wood Green Crown Court earlier this month, was fined £250 and a given a three-year restraining order banning him from approaching the Cumberbatch family and the area in which they live. Prosecutors said that before targeting the Sherlock star's home, Bissell bought two packets of pitta bread from a shop nearby and shouted to the shopkeeper that he was going to break into Cumberbatch's house and burn it to the ground. It is not clear why Bissell targeted the Oscar nominee. He offered no defence in court. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on May 10 but details of the case could not be reported until the Mail successfully challenged blanket reporting restrictions this week. Cumberbatch bought his five-bedroom home in 2015. Bissell, who in 2015 was photographed being arrested in his underpants during a central London protest against military intervention in Syria, worked at the Beaumont for two spells in 2017-2018 and 2019-2020. The chef, from Kentish Town, north London, claims on his LinkedIn profile to have created a dish that still remains on the restaurant's menu. He has a previous conviction for theft, three warnings for offences against property, a public order offence and a drug offence. The hotel was contacted for comment.
Via: Daily Mail