‘I think we’ve been in here too long’… Richard E. Grant reveals his car was STOLEN and used to ram-raid a Tesco-Express – as he quotes more Withnail while stuck in hotel quarantine
- The actor said today officers told him his vehicle had been driven into the Tesco
- He said he was channelling Eric Idle by ‘always looking on the bright side of life’
- The Withnail And I star, 64, shared the update with a video of him stuck in hotel
- He was visiting mother Leonne, 90, in southern Africa when the rules changed
Richard E Grant has said police called him at 4am to say his car was used to ram-raid a Tesco – as he remains locked up in hotel quarantine.
The actor said today officers told him his vehicle was stolen before being driven into the Tesco-Express.
But he said that he was channelling Eric Idle by ‘always looking on the bright side of life’.
The Withnail And I star, 64, shared the update with a video of him stuck in quarantine hotel at Gatwick Airport.
He had been visiting his mother Leonne, 90, in southern Africa when ministers enforced new travel restrictions to fight the Omicron variant.
Grant has posted daily updates from the Holiday Inn room where he blasted the food and said he felt unwell.
The actor said today officers told him his vehicle was stolen before being driven into the Tesco-Express
A 4×4 was pulled out of a Tesco Express in Hanworth, west London, on Monday morning
In his latest Instagram update, Grant posted a bizarre video with the caption: ‘Withnail Covid quarantine quote for Wednesday.
‘Woken at 4am – police called to report that my car had been stolen and used to ram-raid a Tesco-Express!
‘Like my pal Eric Idle is won’t to warble ”ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE”!’
In the clip he looked into the camera while standing in front of a blank wall, saying: ‘I think we’ve been here too long. I feel unusual. I think we should go outside.’
A 4×4 was pulled out of a Tesco Express in Hanworth, west London, on Monday morning.
The Met said they pulled the car from the building at 2.30am after a burglary but would not say if it was Grant’s car.
A spokesman said: ‘Police were called on 02:52hrs on Monday, 6 December to reports of a burglary at a commercial property on Bear Rd, Hanworth.
‘Officers attended and found that the suspect(s) had gained entry by using a vehicle. A vehicle has been recovered from the scene. A crime scene is in place No arrests.’
Yesterday the actor slammed his £228-per-night UK hotel quarantine in another social media clip.
He shared an Instagram video of himself at his wits’ end and told his fans: ‘I feel like a pig s**t in my head’.
New rules: Grant, 64, had been visiting his 90-year-old mother in southern Africa when the Government enforced new travel restrictions to fight the Omicron variant. Pictured in London in April
Grant, whose wife Joan died in September after a cancer battle, wore a white robe and looked pained as he threw his head back, scrunched his eyes and sang.
He said: ‘I feel like a pig s**t in my head.’ He captioned the post: ‘Withnail in Quarantine quote for the day.’
In now-deleted Tweets, he said he feels ‘punished’ after being forced to quarantine for Covid in a hotel that charges more than £228-per-night and serves ‘grim food’.
Grant posted pictures of a tuna and cucumber sandwich, a sausage casserole and fish and chips, which he said would cost less than £30 to buy elsewhere.
Grant, who used to present a hotel review series, said: ‘I went to southern Africa to visit my 90-year-old mother and got caught by the red region Covid restrictions.
‘I understand there are security costs in the hotel and you’ve got to pay for two Covid tests, but £228 a day to receive three meals of this very poor standard, in a supposed four-star Holiday Inn hotel, beggars belief.’
Grant said he was ‘confounded’ that a ‘non-quarantine Holiday Inn nearby costs £89 incl breakfast’ and asked: ‘How does Gov [ernment] justify this cost to a traveller for ‘hospitality’… feels punishing!’
Residing: Grant is staying at the Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth (pictured)
Sweet: Richard had been to visit his mother Leonie in South Africa
He said of his meals (above): ‘I understand there are security costs in the hotel and you’ve got to pay for two Covid tests, but £228 a day to receive three meals of this very poor standard, in a supposed four-star Holiday Inn hotel, beggars belief’
Vocal: In a series of now-deleted Tweets, Grant bemoaned the conditions of his UK hotel quarantine
A Government spokesman said: ‘The majority of passengers who have used the Managed Quarantine Service have been satisfied with the service.’
Cases of the Omicron variant in the UK are soon expected to be higher than in some African countries placed on the travel red list, a scientist warned on Tuesday.
Professor Tim Spector said early data suggests cases of the coronavirus mutation are doubling every two days, putting it on course to overtake some of the 11 countries from where travellers to the UK are now required to quarantine to try to stymie community transmission.
Early data suggests Omicron is more transmissible – although milder – than the Delta variant, which is currently dominant in the UK.
The Prime Minister is expected to give an update on whether any further restrictions are necessary within the next two weeks.
Q&A: What are the new travel rules for Britons?
What are the new travel rules?
Everyone over 12 travelling to the UK will need to have taken a pre-departure test – either lateral flow or PCR – to prove they don’t have Covid-19. This test is mandatory, including for those who are vaccinated.
What if I test positive overseas?
Britons are advised to contact the British embassy or consulate for advice. You will have to abide by the quarantine rules that apply in that country. This will involve a period of quarantine in a government-approved hotel or facility at your expense, which could run to several hundred pounds. You will need to fund any medical treatment required. You can return home after testing negative, but will probably need to pay for a new flight.
What happens after I arrive home?
Returning travellers must self-isolate at home until they take a day two test. This must be a PCR test, which is booked before you travel and bought privately from a government-approved provider. You must self-isolate until you get a negative result.
What about travel insurance?
Some policies, such as those offered by the Post Office, include coronavirus cover. This will include trip cancellation and curtailment cover; overseas medical and repatriation costs.
What if I want to cancel a foreign trip?
You don’t have a legal right to a refund. But most tour operators and airlines will give you a voucher to re-book at a later date.
What countries are on the red list now?
Ten southern African countries were added to the UK’s travel red list because of Omicron – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. Nigeria was added.
What are the travel rules for red list countries?
You should not travel to red list countries for holidays. People returning to the UK from a red list country must take a pre-departure test and undergo a hotel quarantine for ten days, with a test at day two or eight. Quarantine currently costs £2,285 for a single adult and £1,430 for a second adult.
What happens next?
These are temporary measures introduced to prevent further Omicron cases from entering the UK. They will be examined at the three-week review point on December 20.
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