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Mamma mia! Thieves pinch film star’s car

Dominic Cooper had used Range Rover to take meals to NHS staff

20 August, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Dominic Cooper distributing meals to NHS workers during lockdown and the car with distinctive pink lettering

ONE of the stars of the Mamma Mia! films has appealed for people in Primrose Hill to look out for his distinctive Range Rover after it was stolen in a suspected keyless theft.

Dominic Cooper had been using the vehicle during the coronavirus lockdown to take meals to NHS staff. The car was personalised in pink writing with the name of the relief group he had been working with – Cook-19.

But on Thursday, he told a social media group for the area that it had gone missing and advised other car owners to keep their keys in a metal box. “Let me know if you see it,” said Mr Cooper, who also starred in The History Boys and My Week With Marilyn, and played Ian Fleming in an acclaimed mini-series about the James Bond author.

His message read: “Not much petrol. They can’t have got far. Let me know if you see it. Keep your keys in a metal box.”

The neon pink branding was on the front and side of the car, with Mr Cooper and his partner, Humans actress Gemma Chan, taking an active role in helping out during the Covid-19 emergency. In a determined bid to help, Cook-19 provided more than 50,000 restaurant-quality cooked meals to key workers, including stops at University College Hospital in Euston.

The group’s founder, Lulu Dillon, described the couple as “great friends”, explaining in an article for Vogue “how they have been tirelessly supportive” and “drove across London daily delivering food to hospitals”.

Mr Cooper’s appeal for his car led to other drivers warning they too had lost their cars to thieves.

One reply said police had informed her that another seven Range Rovers had been taken on the same day hers was stolen and there was a discussion about what Land Rover, the makers, were doing to prevent thieves using technology to break in.

Keyless car thefts across the country have seen thieves bypass the entry system by tricking the car into thinking a wireless remote control is nearby.

A spokesperson from Land Rover UK said the issue was “industry-wide” and “ever-evolving”, adding: “Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles conform to the legislation at the time of manufacture and takes the issue very seriously, working tirelessly to counter the ever-changing nature of vehicle theft. This has resulted with our InControl Secure tracking system – offered on all our vehicles – having a more than 90 per cent success rate of retrieving stolen vehicles.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police were contacted on Tuesday, August 11, after a vehicle was reported stolen from outside a residential address in NW3. “There have been no arrests. The case has been closed at this time pending any further investigative opportunities. The victim has been informed.”

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