The Daily Mail reported today that Simon Cowell was watching television at his London home when a break-in took place. A woman has tonight been charged following the incident at around 10.30pm on Saturday night

Simon Cowell last night told of his horror after coming face to face with a woman who broke into his mansion ‘armed with a brick’.

In an astonishing security lapse, the intruder is believed to have wandered around the pop mogul’s West London home, even lying on his bed.

Cowell, 52, was said to be ‘pretty shaken up’ after the incident on Saturday night.
The woman is understood to have broken into the house through a downstairs window as the star was watching television in his lounge.

He told a friend: ‘It was an absolutely terrifying experience. Seeing this woman standing there in my house was like something out of a horror movie.

‘It was frightening but I’m going to take it as a warning. In some ways I’ve been lucky. You have to look on the positive side because it could have been a whole lot worse. I now know that I need to improve my security. She could have had a gun.’

It was initially believed by those close to Cowell that the intruder was an ‘over-zealous fan.’

After getting into the £9million property – once described by Cowell as ‘safe as the Bank of England’ – the woman is said to have gone from room to room. According to a source, at one point she was ‘lying on Simon’s bed in his bedroom’. She also managed to get into a bathroom.

The intruder was eventually detained by some of Cowell’s staff and security. Nothing is believed to have been taken from the property. Following the arrest, the police continued to search the grounds of the house.

Cowell – whose entertainment empire includes Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor as well as stars Leona Lewis and boy band One Direction – is estimated to be worth as much as £300million.

The incident took place just after 10pm, not long after the ITV screening of Cowell’s return to the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent.

One friend said: ‘It was a frightening experience. Simon’s fine but shaken up. He didn’t expect something like that to happen.’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called at approximately 22:35 on Saturday to reports of a disturbance. Officers attended the address and found a woman had forced entry to the premises. She was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to a West London police station.’

The TV judge apparently suffered a previous security lapse in 2008 when his £140,000 luxury car was found to have been bugged with a magnetic tracking device. He had called his full-time security team in to investigate after he noticed a mysterious motorcyclist – clad in a crash helmet and leathers – kept appearing outside the buildings where his meetings were being held. After experts swept his £140,000 Bentley Continental, they discovered that a tracker magnetically attached to the car’s undercarriage.

A spokesman for Cowell yesterday said: ‘This is a police matter.’

Last night police charged Leanne Zaloumis, 29, from South East London, with one count of aggravated burglary. She is due to appear before West London Magistrates’ Court today.

There are a couple of points to consider here. Regarding the electronic tracking device on the car, this is easy enough to fit yet relatively easily found when his vehicle was swept by the electronics and IT experts. Easy to prevent by regular checks and sweeps so the security team did their job well there.

On the matter of an intruder getting into his property and allegedly at one point lying on his bed, this is unforgivable. It would appear that someone has blundered terribly to allow an intruder to enter the property by simply breaking a downstairs window. Maybe you need a full security review by an independent company to verify the integrity of your current security provision Mr. Cowell?