This came at the zenith of the sort of press storm around that arrest in Los Angeles. I was now back in London, holed up in my flat, and I'd managed to get out for the day, or the night -- I can't remember. Anyway, when I came back, this flat had been broken into. The front door had been basically just shoved off its hinges. As I say, nothing was stolen, which was weird, and the police nevertheless came around the next day to talk about it, and the day after that a detailed account of what the interior of my flat looked like appeared in one of the British tabloid papers. I can't remember which one at the moment, but it was definitely there, and I remember thinking: who told them that? Was that the burglar or was that the police? And when I told this story to Tom Watson recently, the MP who was writing a book about this kind of thing, he nodded knowingly, saying, "Oh yes, that particular method of break-in I've come across with several other people who are victims of a lot of -- in the crosshairs of a lot of the press attention, and it doesn't seem to have been a singular occasion."
And you know, it seemed doubly sinister to me because that flat, as you said, is -- you have to walk up a hell of a lot of stairs to get there. I think it was a very bad choice for a normal burglar, and nothing was stolen, and I've had it for 25 years and it's never been broken into before or since.