02 August 2004

The stolen getaway car

WELSH actor Rhys Ifans has had his car stolen by burglars who fished his keys through his letterbox.

Ifans, 32, fell victim to thieves who used a fishing rod to hook his car keys off a sideboard in the hallway of his London home. They made off with his £20,000 top-of-the-range Mini Cooper, police said.

The actor was said to have been asleep upstairs at the time.

A police spokesman said, "It's never safe to leave keys and valuables in plain sight and close to a letterbox or other opening."

Rhys lives in Notting Hill - the area of London which was the setting for the hit film of the same name in which Rhys played Hugh Grant's Y-front-wearing flatmate Spike in the film.

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