Darren February appeared in Hammersmith Magistrates' Court charged with burglary of property including jewellery and passports from Simon Cowell's home

Jewellery worth about £1 million was stolen during a break-in at Simon Cowell’s mansion while The X Factor creator and his family were asleep, a court has heard.

Darren February, 32, spoke only to confirm his personal details as he appeared in the dock at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, west London, charged with burglary.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)
X Factor boss Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)


Simon was in the master bedroom of the house in Holland Park, west London, when the alleged raid took place on December 4 last year at about 1.30am.

Simon’s girlfriend Lauren Silverman, their two year-old son Eric, a nanny and a security guard were also at the property.

Prosecutor Kevin Christie said jewellery belonging to Lauren, with an estimated value of £1 million, along with watches and two passports, belonging to Simon, were taken from a safe.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)


The passports were later recovered.

February, of no fixed address, was ordered to next appear at Isleworth Crown Court on November 2.