A couple who won the EuroMillions jackpot were bound up with cable ties and hit during a robbery on their luxury mansion.
David and Angela Dawes, originally from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, became Britain’s seventh biggest winners after landing £101million in 2011.
The couple initially splashed £4.5million on a flat in Fulham, West London, just ten minutes from Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium for football mad Mr Dawes, 56.
But six years after the win the Dawes swapped London for village life in East Sussex, settling down in Tom Jones’ former £4million home where the star lived with Engelbert Humperdinck in the 1960s.
The couple became targets during a robbery on the grade II listed home last April, when a gang hit Mr Dawes in the face and bound him up with cable ties alongside Mrs Dawes, 52.
Robbers made off with approximately £20,000 in cash as well as jewellery and a Range Rover – which was found burnt out nearby, reports The Sun.
Details of the raid were revealed by a retrospective planning application to get permission for seven ‘CCTV columns’ that had been built on the listed property after the burglary.
Plans submitted to Rother district council detailed the newly installed high tech security measures, including thermal imaging cameras and speakers to deliver warnings to intruders.
Three men were arrested following the burglary but were released without charge.
Police said the case had been dropped due to a lack of evidence.
In 2017 the couple were forced to go to court when Mr Dawes’ son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, said his father was ‘ungenerous in spirit’ after he had cut him out of the will.
A judge ruled at Central London County Court that millionaire father did not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.
He comprehensively dismissed Michael and partner James Beedle’s claim, ruling: ‘There was no basis on which any rational or normal human being could conclude that they could go back for more money whenever they wanted.’