Declan Donnelly’s £5m home targeted by thieves who attempted to break in as he and family slept upstairs

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Declan Donnelly's £5million home was targeted by thieves who tried to break into his house while he and his family slept upstairs.

The television presenter, who previously celebrated pal Ant McPartlin's birthday, was asleep, along with his wife Ali, their daughter Isla and sausage dog Ricky as the burglars attempted to force their way into the West London residence.

However, Metropolitan police were called before 1am after a 999 call, just as the thieves left.

It's understood the attempted burglars were not able to access the mansion and were unable to get through the gates.

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Forensic squads were sent to the location to check for evidence as the police continue an investigation.

CCTV was also taken from the 45 year old's home for the police to check for further analysis.

The Met police released a statement which read: "Police were called at approximately 00:40hrs to reports of an attempted burglary at a residential property.

"Officers attended. The suspects had left the scene prior to police arrival. There was no evidence that they had gained access to the property.

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"Inquiries are ongoing. At this early stage, there have been no arrests," they confirmed.

A source told The Sun: "The robbers couldn't force the gates open and that's what made them give up, and flee.

"Dec and Ali weren't disturbed. The first they realised anything was amiss was in the morning."

OK! online has contacted Dec's representative for further comment on the incident.

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The attempted burglary comes after it was revealed Dec was 'thrilled' after close friend Ant McPartlin got engaged to Anne-Marie Corbett.

The television presenter, who finally faced a Bushtucker trial after years of refusing, was reportedly the first to find out the special news.

According to The Sun, Dec is expected to be best man at his close friends' big day.

Ant, 45, got down on one knee and proposed to Anne-Marie over Christmas.

The loved-up couple are said to be considering getting married in 2022 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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