Rita Ora ‘installing panic room’ to new home six years after terrifying burglary

Rita Ora ‘installing panic room’ to new home six years after terrifying burglary

Rita Ora is doing some renovations to her London home – including the installation of a state of the art panic room.

The 30-year-old chart topping star was the victim of a burglary in 2015 – when £200,000 worth of belongings were stolen from her then-home while she slept upstairs.

Now the You For Me singer is reportedly adding a panic room to her six-bedroom Victorian home that she bought in London earlier this year.

Rita has applied to her local council for planning permission which is said to include security cameras and two potential areas of the home to be used as panic rooms.

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Rita Ora is reportedly renovating her new home in London
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According to The Sun, the singer also hopes to install a new shower, dressing room, a pantry, and the addition of a fireplace in the master bedroom.

Due to her home being a Grade II listed building, the local authority is required to be notified of all potential changes.

The Sun quotes and official report stating: “A full security review was conducted covering the new premises, the potential safeguards that should be in place to enable the client to be at peace while residing at home, happy in the knowledge they are safe.

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Plans for Rita’s new home are said to include panic rooms
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“Due to her success, her fame, her wealth and exposure to the public and media, this all leaves her open to unknown sinister risks/intentions.

“There are two rooms that can be used as a safe room where the client can go as a last safe haven. The door must be strong with good locks, and whichever room is chosen must have good mobile phone coverage.

“Sadly, the client has been the victim of stalkers, intruders and online fraudsters. Luckily, because of her security measures, all have been neutralised.”

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The plans are said to also include a pantry, shower room and the addition of a fire place
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In June 2016, now 31-year-old Charaf Elmoudden was found guilty of stealing more than £200,000 worth of belongings from Rita’s then-home.

He broke in to the singer’s four-bedroom house in London and stole a stash of expensive shoes, phones, computers and a designer dog bag.

Audio footage of Rita’s frantic phone call to police was played in court at the time, where the star was heard declaring she would defend her sister, Elena, who was with her at home when they were awoken by the burglar.

Rita was heard shouting: “Don’t you f****** come up these stairs. I will f*** you up – you f****** hear me?” after locking herself in her room with her sister.

“Oh my God, I don’t have a knife, I know they’re going to come upstairs.

“What do I do? What do I do? Oh my God. F****** hell – I’m scared to go downstairs.”

Police arrived at the star’s home at the time while she was still on the phone to the 999 operator.

Elena and Rita Ora
Rita protected her sister, Elena, from a burglar in 2015
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Rita gave evidence in court at the time – with Elmoudden being jailed for five years after being found guilty by a jury at Harrow Crown Court.

Judge Greenwood ruled at the time: ‘”Burglary of a dwelling house is a serious offence and the reason why it is a serious offence is not really because the occupant loses items, even if they are valuable.

“It is the trauma caused to the victim by the intrusion into their home. That intrusion causes distress at the time – particularly if it happens in the middle of the night – and it causes a sense of insecurity which is extremely difficult to overcome.”

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