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Radio star George Hook's anger as laptop and wallet stolen

George Hook

Radio host George Hook has revealed his frustration after his car was broken into.

The Right Hook presenter's car was parked in Dublin's city centre on Wednesday night and thieves got away with a briefcase containing his wallet and laptop.

The 73-year-old tweeted: "Thieves broke into my car last night - laptop and wallet gone - sh*t."

Although the thieves made off with the wallet and Mac laptop worth €1,000, the files are backed up and the computer will be wiped clean once the internet is accessed.

However, Hook feels it's a complete invasion of privacy.

"When they burgled my house, and it's the same when they burgled my car, it's a sense of violation," Hook stated.

"We live in a fairly lawless city, and the gardai, it's not their fault.They are under-staffed and under-funded."

Hook had most recently been the victim of a crime last year when his house was burgled.

The sports pundit also praised the response of the gardai, and said that he wouldn't be leaving his briefcase in his car again.

"I was impressed with the speed that they came and handled the whole thing. I got a real sense that they cared. You feel secure with them around," he said.

"The interesting thing really is we do all the things we should after they happen to us. I'll never leave my briefcase in the car again," he added.

Gardai have warned car owners not to leave valuable items on display in their car while the vehicle is unattended.

It is not the first time Hook has been in the spotlight this week, having received a storm of criticism for his comments about the Irish rugby team prior to their game with South Africa.


The RTE analyst questioned Ireland's capability facing a South African side that had recently beaten world champions New Zealand in their last outing, and also raised doubts over team coach Joe Schmidt.

However, George was forced to backtrack after the Irish team dominated in a 29-15 victory.

In post-match comments admitted: "I didn't think it was possible nor did I think he was capable of doing it but I'm very happy to be wrong because you're always happy to be wrong on these occasions."