A Large Mistake
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A thief clearly had not done his due diligence before breaking-in to a house in Cinderford, Gloucestershire. For inside the property was international woman’s rugby star Ceri Large and a group of friends from the local rugby club who were staying overnight. It was at around 2.20am when Miss Large was woken up by footsteps on the stairs. Realising there was an intruder in the house she hid in the dark and lay in wait. Miss Large picks up the story: “I was in pitch black so I just switched on my phone light in his face and screamed, ‘There’s a man in the house’ at the top of my voice. My friends said afterwards they had never heard anything like it.” Miss Large added: “He just scarpered. He must have been scared because he jumped from the top of the stairs to the bottom and broke the bottom step. It’s a shame he didn’t go right through and get stuck.” The thief was well and truly caught with his pants down. Quite literally. For as he legged it out of the house into the garden and over a fence, footage from a camera shows his trousers had slipped down to his ankles. He was last seen scampering down the street with his boxer shorts in full view. Miss Large recalls: “You should have seen him jump over that gate. I bet he doesn’t tell people he was chased away by a girl. His jeans were so baggy that they fell down around his ankles, so he ended up running down the road in his boxers,” added the rugby star who represented England in the 2014 World Cup. “I chased him out and my friend was just behind, but we decided not to follow when he jumped over a six foot gate and ran off.” Nothing was stolen from the house, but Miss Large, who had left the back door open for her brother, admitted: ‘But it’s not the point…If there’s a lesson to take from this it is that you should always lock your doors because these people are trying the handles looking for an easy way in.” Bet the thief wishes Miss Large had locked the door too.