Heiress to £310m Berkeley Homes fortune, 29, sobs in court charged with kicking one cop and spitting in another’s face

Heiress to £310m Berkeley Homes fortune, 29, sobs in court charged with kicking one cop and spitting in another’s face

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AN HEIRESS to a £310million property empire cried in court today as she faced charges of kicking and spitting at cops.

Chloe Pidgley, 26, who is the granddaughter of the founder of Berkeley Homes, is accused of assaulting the constables at her Earl’s Court flat in West London.

Chloe Pidgley is accused of kicking and spitting at policemen
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Pidgley is the granddaughter of the founder of Berkeley Homes

Pidgley is the granddaughter of Tony Pidgley, who founded Berkeley Homes and is thought to be worth a sizeable £310m.

Both Pidgley and her sister Chantelle are said to have received £1m as a “coming of age” present.

City of London Magistrates’ Court heard how the ambulance service had called the police on March 29 last year after she threatened to self-harm.

PC Calum Jackson and PC Jake Harris were invited into her Earl’s Court flat when they arrived, the court heard.

After some time, Pidgley decided to leave the apartment but the officers told her they needed to section her under the Mental Health Act for her own safety.

Prosecutor Katie Bryan said: “They did so as the defendant attempts to push past them.

“She pushes past PC Jackson, she kicks PC Harris and spits in PC Jackson’s face.’

Pidgley was then taken to A&E with lacerations on her wrists but discharged the following day.

The incident happened just days after her ex Antonio Henry had been jailed for brutally attacking her.

Henry, 29, had punched and kicked Pidgley in the face on 18 June last year before slamming her hand in a door, breaking two of her fingers.

He then threatened to come back and throw acid at Pidgley.

‘NOT IN A FIT STATE’

Her trial was due to start today but was adjourned because she had no barrister and magistrates thought she was “not in a fit state” to stand trial.

Magistrate chair Adrian Gifford told her: “This is very unusual, as prosecution are ready and there are two police officers in the building ready to give evidence.

“We haven’t made this decision lightly.

“We can see from your demeanour you are not in a fit state to conduct your defence and have a fair trial.”

Mr Gifford asked her to organise her own mental health report in time for the trial.

“We are going to say that on the next hearing this case will must go ahead,” he added.

Wearing checked trousers and a black fleece jacket, Pidgley walked into the dock sobbing and was not represented at today’s hearing.

Mr Gifford told her: “It is your responsibility to organise your representation.”

Sobbing Pidgley replied: “I didn’t know that.”

She indicated to the court her defence will be based on her mental health at the time of the incident.

“I got attacked by a boyfriend and I had to go to court over it,” she said.

“I was just having a bad time.

“I have post-traumatic stress disorder and I thought my dad was going to pay for the solicitor but he changed his mind at the last minute.”

Pidgley had failed to attend an earlier hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on August 12 and a warrant was issued for her arrest.


But she voluntarily contacted the police two days later.

Pidgley, of Kensington, denies two counts of assault of an emergency worker.

She was bailed ahead of her trial at Hendon Magistrates Court on November 20.

Pidgley was seen crying as she arrived in court
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Tony Pidgley, the chairman of Berkeley Homes is said to be worth more than £300m
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