CILLA BLACK'S £1m insurance claim for jewellery stolen in a violent raid on her home has been turned down, it was revealed today.
Her insurers have refused to pay because there were no locks on the downstairs windows, making her policy 'null and void'.
Three masked burglars entered the £2m house in Denham, Buckinghamshire, through a window. They beat Ms Black's youngest son Jack, 22, with a crowbar, held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him, forcing him to reveal where the safe was.
The men took Ms Black's entire jewellery collection, including a diamond pendant worth tens of thousands of pounds and sentimental gifts from her husband Bobby, who died of cancer in 1999. Her mother's engagement and wedding rings were also lost.
A source told The Sun: 'Cilla has been told she won't receive a penny. She did have household insurance but the claim has been rejected.
'The problem is locks were not fitted to her downstairs windows as Cilla had stipulated.'
A source from the insurance industry said the policy would state that downstairs windows must have locks - and be locked at all times. 'It will also state there must be an alarm system, which must be on at all times, when the premises are left vacant.
'There is no room for leniency or manoeuvre on these types of policies where the contents run intoms of pounds.'
Security is tight at the house, with wrought-iron gates, and 7ft-high fences behind thick hedges. There are also motion-sensitive lights and closed-circuit television cameras.
Ms Black, 60, has taken a year off from TV presenting to recover from the shock of the burglary on 16 August. She had been on holiday in Spain and was called by Jack to tell her they had been robbed. During the raid the men said they would kidnap Jack and hold him to ransom but he talked them out of the plan.
They escaped after chaining him to a radiator. Ms Black said at the time: 'Obviously the jewellery does not compare with what Jack has had to endure. Losing my entire collection of all the gifts Bobby gave me and my mam's wedding and engagement rings is heartbreaking. Their sentimental value far outweighs their material worth.
'Now I've lost everything I will not be replacing them. You can't replace sentimental value.'
The Denham home has a putting green, tennis court and indoor swimming pool. Ms Black also owns a £1.5m Thames-side penthouse in London and a £400,000 apartment in Barbados.
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