Police investigating a burglary at Raheem Sterling’s mansion in Surrey say two men arrested on suspicion of burglary have no connection to the raid on the England player’s home.
Officers in Oxshott carried out an operation using dogs and a helicopter last night following reports of suspicious activity.
The pair remain in custody following the operation, which involved policemen from the British Transport Police.
But detectives have said this afternoon that the men are not believed to be linked to the break-in at the 27-year-old Chelsea winger’s home.
A Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘At this time these arrests are not being linked to the ongoing investigation into the burglary, which received significant media coverage over the weekend.’
The police force said: ‘That separate investigation is ongoing and as of 12 noon on Wednesday, 7 December, no arrests have been made in this regard.
Police said Raheem Sterling’s partner Page and their three children were not home at the time of the raid.
‘Officers are investigating the circumstances and the investigation is ongoing.’
Sterling left for home ahead of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Senegal, with a spokesman for the player saying his family were at the Surrey mansion when the property was attacked by armed raiders.
However, police later said that the break-in – in which jewelery and watches were seen – was discovered when the occupants returned from Qatar, adding that they had received no reports of armed intruders.
The door remains open for Sterling to return to the Middle East with a decision expected in the next few hours. England will face France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
A Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary in the Oakshott area last night (6 December). They are currently in custody.
‘Following reports of suspicious activity around 6.40pm, a number of resources including a dog unit and a police helicopter were deployed. Our partners at the British Transport Police also provided assistance.
‘Inquiries are ongoing to establish whether there is any link between these arrests and the break-ins we received over the weekend.’
Gareth Southgate will not put pressure on Sterling to rejoin the England squad after being flown home due to dealing with a police investigation. Pictured: Raheem Sterling’s partner Peggy drives home in her £250,000 Mercedes G wagon
Police stationed outside Raheem Sterling’s Surrey estate after reports of theft
England legend Sterling is said to have been ‘shaken’ by the news of his £6million bungalow being broken into.
The footballer, who scored his first World Cup goal during England’s 6-2 demolition of Iran, hopes to return to Doha in time for the Three Lions’ quarter-final crunch match against France on Saturday.
However, sources have said Sterling will only fly back with his teammates if he feels his family is safe at home in Surrey.
Rahim told everyone, ‘Until I am 100 percent sure that my family can be kept safe, I have nowhere to go.’ On a very exclusive property, with regular security patrols,’ a source told The Sun.
‘Despite this, he has still managed to be targeted, much to Raheem and Paige’s dismay. They have just come back to London and want to feel safe.
Private security guards patrol a Surrey estate (pictured on Monday morning)
Sterling was forced to spend £15,000 on a Rottweiler guard dog named Oaken after the first raid on his home in Cheshire.
A spokesperson for Sterling said his ‘focus is on staying at home and supporting his family,’ he told the Mirror.
The break-in came after Sterling allegedly splashed £15,000 on a Rottweiler guard dog named Okan after an earlier raid on his home in Cheshire. In 2019.
Sterling’s fiancee Paige Milian reportedly came to burglarize the £3 million mansion. She was returning from a shopping trip when she saw a man raiding their luxury home.
A window was smashed in the back of the house and the thieves are said to have made off with valuables. Rahim was playing with Manchester City when the break-in happened.
Luckily Paige, 27, wasn’t hurt in the break-in, but it inspired Sterling to buy her a new guard dog. A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Page was clearly upset. She had her hands full with purchases when she came to find the intruder.
Police understand that Paige found out about the latest raids on Saturday night. However, it is not known when the alleged burglary took place.
Sterling with fiancee Paige Milian at a basketball game at the O2 Arena in London in 2018
Speaking in the wake of the raid, Manchester United star Harry Maguire condemned the thugs who targeted his friend’s home.
The 29-year-old said: ‘It is extremely disappointing to hear that when we are here playing for our country and giving it our all, people at home are targeting us.’
‘The game could have been different and we needed Rahim.’
Now many of Sterling’s England team-mates are reviewing their security in light of the horrific incident.
It is believed that Gareth Southgate will not put pressure on Sterling to rejoin the England team. And England staff are in contact with Sterling but Chelsea are playing a leading role while he is back in the UK.
Meanwhile, excitement is building ahead of England’s tough clash against defending champions France on Saturday evening.
Around 9,500 England fans are expected to attend the game at the Al Bayt Stadium and cheer on Southgate’s side as they look to seal a place in the semi-finals.
But tickets for this highly anticipated clash are selling for £10,000 – with some desperate fans paying up to 28 times the face price to see the game in person.
England will kick-off against France at 7pm GMT.
If the Three Lions beat Didier Deschamps’ side, they will face either Morocco or Portugal.
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