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'Anti-theft' showjumper charged with stealing

PUBLISHED: 16:03 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

CHARGED: Oliver Skeete with officers from Darwin Safer Neighbourhood team backing their anti-theft campaign in May this year.

CHARGED: Oliver Skeete with officers from Darwin Safer Neighbourhood team backing their anti-theft campaign in May this year.

A CELEBRITY show-jumper who took part in an anti-theft campaign with police has been charged with stealing money from stables owned by a former Olympian

A CELEBRITY show-jumper who took part in an anti-theft campaign with police has been charged with stealing money from stables owned by a former Olympian.

Oliver Skeete, who once had a minor role in James Bond movie Die Another Day, is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on Christmas Eve (December 24) accused of stealing £2,100.

It is alleged he stole two month's livery while working at Lynn Driscoll's Ringlands Stables in Biggin Hill.

In May last year, the dreadlocked 53-year-old, of Rydal Drive, Bexleyheath, was recruited by Bromley police to take part in their anti theft campaign which targeted thieves stealing horse equipment.

The police were offering to stamp saddles for free with unique numbers which would prove ownership.

At the time, Skeete said: "In this day and age, when someone offers you something for nothing you take it. This initiative has a proven track record and gives horse owners the opportunity to prevent saddle and tack thefts by marking their equipment which will make it much harder for thieves to operate."

Skeete, 53, appeared at Bromley Magistrates last Tuesday (December 15) and was bailed until his next appearance next Thursday (December 24).

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