Strictly staff distraught over make-up room theft

'Strictly Come Dancing' staff have been left distraught after thieves broke in to the BBC One show's make-up room ahead of tomorrow's (15.09.12) series opener, but generous stars of the programme held a whip round to ensure staff members could afford taxis home

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Bruce Forsyth

Stirctly Come Dancing presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth

'Strictly Come Dancing' staff have been left distraught after thieves broke in to the show's make-up room ahead of tomorrow's (15.09.12) series opener.

Money, phones and expensive cosmetics were all taken from workers, who include head of make-up Lisa Armstrong - the wife of 'Britain's Got Talent' co-host Ant McPartlin - but some of the stars of the BBC One programme came to the rescue by holding a whip round to ensure staff members could afford taxis home.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "People come in and out of that room all the time. Everyone knows each other so they leave valuables lying around.

"The room was full of purses, mobiles and make-up, all of which went. Whoever did it must know what a treasure trove it can be."

An investigation into Wednesday's (12.09.12) incident is now under way at the West London Television Centre, but it proved to be a dark day for 'Strictly' for a number of other reasons.

As well as the theft, Sir Bruce Forsyth - who co-presents the programme with Tess Daly - was said to be angered by an autocue problem, and the chaotic night also saw one dancer suffer an eye injury and a cameraman crash into a prop.

The new series of 'Strictly' - which stars Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, retired England cricketer Michael Vaughan and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh - kicks off tomorrow (15.09.12) evening on BBC One at 6.30pm.

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