Former Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn ‘is banned from Waitrose after being accused of shoplifting’ during coronavirus lockdown
- Ms Quinn, 38, was stopped by officials in Market Harborough, Leicestershire
- The baker did not pay for items including flour and eggs and police were called
- She won the television competition in 2013 with a three-tiered wedding cake
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A former winner of the Great British Bake Off has reportedly been banned from a Waitrose store after accusations of shoplifting.
Frances Quinn, 38, won the show in 2013 and was suspected of not paying for her shopping by undercover store detectives, who stopped her.
Police were called to the scene in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, and Ms Quinn agreed to hand the items back, including flour and eggs.
Frances Quinn, 38, from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, has been banned from a Waitrose store in her town. She won the Great British Bake Off in 2013 with a three-tiered wedding cake
A spokesperson confirmed a 38-year-old woman from that area has been banned from entering the Waitrose store.
Leicestershire Police said: ‘A woman had entered the shop and was detained when she tried to leave without paying for goods.
Ms Quinn has not received a criminal record as a community resolution means she accepted the offence
‘She admitted her involvement to officers and the matter was dealt with by way of a community resolution.’
Ms Quinn, who won the Great British Bake Off with a three-tiered wedding cake was interviewed by officers, reported The Sun.
She has not received a criminal record as a community resolution means Ms Quinn accepted the offence and Waitrose are happy with the outcome.
Waitrose said: ‘We respect the privacy of our customers.’
Ms Quinn won the fourth series of Great British Bake Off while it was still on BBC, beating Ruby Tandoh, 21, and Kimberley Wilson, 30.
She claimed contestants faced a gruelling filming schedule, sometimes baking for thirteen hours in a row and being interviewed eight times a day.
Ms Quinn told Cosmopolitan: ‘You haven’t really got a life other than. No social life. That was the most stressful time. We had to get a train down on the Friday and we’d have a wake up call at 5am, we’d be in the tent at 7am.
A spokesman for Waitrose in Market Harborough, Leicestershire (above) declined to comment
‘We’d wrap filming at about 8pm and then it would be the same again the next day. I’d get back at about midnight on the Sunday. It’s not just a two hour bake with a few buttercups.’