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Martin Lewis calls police as his wife was mugged for mobile phone

Lara and her phone had a lucky escape

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Martin Lewis has revealed he had to call the police after wife Lara Lewington was mugged for her mobile phone.

The money expert and frequent TV guest, 48, opened up about the harrowing incident on social media.

What happened to the wife of Martin Lewis?

Martin, who runs the Money Saving Expert website and appears regularly on This Morning and GMB, took to Twitter to tell followers what happened.

“Last night a moped swerved to the curb & passenger snatched Mrs MSE’s mobile,” he began.

“Shaken, I called police to report. 15mins later a kind cyclist called, he’d found it in road. We got it back.”

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Muggers attacked Martin’s wife Lara (Credit: Tony Clark/SplashNews.com)

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He finished the message by taking a dig at the muggers, who had thrown the phone away.

“#irony thieves dump tech journo’s phone as not good enuff.” [Sic]

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Smashed after motorbike snatch and grab theft, but not so smashing it seems – I got it back. Last night whilst out walking, a motorcycle swerved at speed, and the pillion rider grabbed my phone out of my hand. As I felt someone behind me, for a split second I’d thought it was an accident happening and hoped the person was okay, then by the time I could turn around my phone was gone – with terrifying pace and accuracy. So focussed on mask and hand sanitising these days, I guess I’d forgotten to be so vigilant about this. Obviously I was immediately grateful not to be hurt, and that my daughter wasn’t there to witness it – just a bit gutted I’d lost so many photos after a series of inexplicable backup fails. After my husband called the police (whilst I mentally figured out the frustrating and time consuming admin I’d need to do), shockingly via a call ‘home’ he got a message from a kind cyclist who had found the phone minutes later (thieves had dumped it) – and despite how damaged it was, and the coronavirus risk, had picked it up and tried to find its owner. Despite some initial weariness, we explained, to his shock, what had happened and asked if he’d meet us in a busy place. He was happy to. We jumped in a black cab to get there, told Junior the cabbie the story (he was outraged, and kindly decided to wait with us whilst we checked this wasn’t part two of the scam). But when we got there, Sam the cyclist, was an honest nice man, and returned my phone. The screen smashed, but the photos intact. Police report updated. The moral of the story? Have an old smartphone that not even a thief thinks is worth having. (And yes, it does say 7003 e-mails, who’d want to deal with them (don’t worry I have dealt with them all on laptop)?! )

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What did Lara say about the incident?

TV presenter Lara, who married Martin in 2009 and is the mother of their daughter Sapphire, left a detailed account of the incident on her Instagram page.

“Smashed after motorbike snatch and grab theft, but not so smashing it seems – I got it back,” she said.

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Martin said Lara’s phone was returned (Credit: ITV)

“Last night whilst out walking, a motorcycle swerved at speed, and the pillion rider grabbed my phone out of my hand.”

The moral of the story? Have an old smartphone that not even a thief thinks is worth having.

She continued: “Obviously I was immediately grateful not to be hurt, and that my daughter wasn’t there to witness it – just a bit gutted I’d lost so many photos after a series of inexplicable backup fails.

“The moral of the story? Have an old smartphone that not even a thief thinks is worth having

Martin Lewis took a break from TV over the summer (Credit: SplashNews.com)

What has Martin been up to this year?

Earlier in August, Martin announced that he was taking a break from his website and television after quitting GMB.

“Ta-ta for now,” he told his Twitter followers.

“It’s been a long slog this year, esp with constantly changing COVID news.

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“So I’m about to start my usual summer work-break from social media, MSE, telly etc to tune-out and spend a few weeks with Mrs & Mini MSE (& maybe the odd round of golf).

“Have a lovely summer.”

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