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A security guard working the night £25m-worth of the property was stolen from Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion has denied it was an inside job.

Ian Eltringham said, “virtually every room” in the building had been broken into on the night of 13 December 2019.

Another guard, Martin Akerman, described the aftermath of the successful raid as “absolute carnage”.

Maria Mester, Emil Bogdan Savastru, Alexandru Stan and Sorin Marcovici deny conspiracy to burgle.

Ms. Mester, 47, her 30-year-old son Mr. Savastru, Mr. Stan, 49, and Mr. Marcovici, 52, were the “support cast” to the burglars, jurors have heard.

Hours before the burglary Ms. Ecclestone, her husband Jay Rutland, and their daughter had left for Lapland on a family Christmas holiday, jurors were told.

At 22:00 GMT, three men were able to access Ms. Ecclestone’s home which is opposite Kensington Palace and on the same road as the Russian, Israeli and Romanian embassies.

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After confronting the burglars, Mr. Eltringham said he gave chase and was able to “slow one of them down”, but the trio was able to escape through a back window. A transcript of Mr. Eltringham’s 999 calls made just after 23:00 was read to the court by Ms. Mester’s defense barrister, Leonard Smith QC. He told police: “They have gone over the back fence. There were three foreign guys. They are heading in a westerly direction around the back of Palace Green heading towards Kensington Church Street.”Three white males, all-around 5ft 10, wearing hats and had their faces covered as well. Probably around the 40-year-old mark.”‘Exceptionally lucky. Smith asked the security worker: “Did you play any role in having the alarms deactivated that night?”No, I didn’t,” Mr. Eltringham replied. IMAGE COPYRIGHTFACEBOOK Image caution jurors have been shown an image from Maria Mester’s Facebook account, in which she is said to be wearing Tamara Ecclestone’s necklace