Scotland Yard blames Tamara Ecclestone for misleading them over a botched police raid on the home of an innocent chauffeur wrongfully accused of selling jewelery stolen in a £25m heist at his mansion
- Flying Squad detectives broke into the home of chauffeur Paul Carton, 57.
- His legs were tied and he was tied to a chair while the house was ‘looted’
- He bought a diamond ring setting in 2013 that once belonged to Tamara Ecclestone.
- But police were convinced it was robbed in the biggest robbery in British history in 2019.
- A new report has revealed that the officers involved have avoided disciplinary action
Scotland Yard has blamed Tamara Ecclestone for a botched raid on the home of an innocent chauffeur wrongfully accused of selling stolen jewelery in a £25m heist at her mansion.
Flying squad detectives broke into the home of 57-year-old Paul Carton, tied his legs together and strapped him to a chair as they ‘ransacked’ the house.
Carton had bought a gold Glenn Spiro diamond ring setting in 2013 that once belonged to the socialite and put it up for sale online last year.
Police were convinced he had been robbed in the biggest domestic robbery in British history in December 2019. Undercover officers attacked the driver posing as potential buyers.
The shocking report from the Met’s Specialist Crime Professional Standards Unit said detectives were not to blame for the botched operation and blamed Miss Ecclestone (pictured above) for misleading them.
The father-of-three suffered a broken tooth, back injuries and cuts and bruises in the raid, but a new report reveals the officers involved avoided disciplinary action.
The shocking report from the Met’s Specialist Crime Professional Standards Unit said detectives were not to blame for the botched operation and blamed Miss Ecclestone for misleading them.
He stated: ‘This was not the fault of the officers as the victim had informed them that the property in question (the ring) had been stolen.
“This is confirmed by Tamara Ecclestone’s statement that the ring had been present on her property prior to the robbery and that she had not sold it.”
Carton thought he was being robbed when plainclothes officers broke into his home, so he punched Detective Inspector Ben Mahoney in the face. He was taken to Weymouth Police Station and arrested for handling stolen goods and assaulting an emergency worker.
He explained that he had bought the ring six years before the robbery at Miss Ecclestone’s house, but was kept in a cell for three hours. Ms. Ecclestone finally realized her mistake and seven days after her arrest, Mr. Carton was told that there would be no further action.
The report states: ‘Following his arrest, DC (Aaron) Hobbs did further investigation and an additional statement from Tamara Ecclestone states that she was wrong in her first statement and that the ring had, in fact, been sold.
“Her account was therefore confirmed and officers traveled to Dorset to inform her of the result.”
Carton filed a formal complaint with Scotland Yard shortly after his arrest and received the report from Detective Superintendent Stuart Ryan on Thursday. DS Ryan apologized ‘for intervening in his life’.
Carton said he was not satisfied with the Met’s response and remains traumatized by the raid. “They’ve marked their own homework and just drawn a line under it,” he said.
‘And it has resulted in ten strangers looting my house. I was terrified for my life. Mr Carton had bought the ring mount for £1,000 from luxury fashion salesman Nikki Bradford Morton, who sells items the Ecclestone family no longer wants.
The ring, which originally contained an eight-carat diamond, is understood to have been given to Miss Ecclestone by her boyfriend, Omar Khyami.
The heiress is believed to have removed the diamond and disposed of the ring once the couple split in 2012. Carton said she put the diamond-encrusted ring setting up for sale for £15,000 last year, saying it had belonged to “a famous socialite”.
Miss Ecclestone has been contacted for comment. The Met said yesterday that it “apologized to the whistleblower.”