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Singer thanked alleged thief, court told

Posh Spice
Victoria Beckham's bikini bottoms are still missing  

LONDON, England -- Singer Victoria Beckham -- the Spice Girls' "Posh Spice" -- has told a court she rang a man, now charged with stealing her suitcases, to thank him for recovering some of the things they contained.

The singer was giving evidence in the case of 20-year-old Mark Oliver, who is accused of theft and handling stolen goods. He denies the charges, claiming her found her possessions on a rubbish tip.

Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, heard four designer suitcases belonging to the Spice Girl went missing at Heathrow Airport after she returned from Miami last April.

She told the court she lost expensive clothes as well as personal items from her husband -- footballer David Beckham -- and their son Brooklyn.

"All my clothes were taken -- some of them had sentimental value because David had bought them for me," she said.

"There was also a photograph of myself, David and Brooklyn and a baby book with a lock of Brooklyn's hair."

The court heard that on the photograph David had inscribed "Happy Valentine Day" and "Me and Daddy."

Kim Hollis, prosecuting, said Oliver managed to contact one of Victoria Beckham's friends and left his mobile phone number, saying he had found some of her things.

He claimed her luggage had been loaded onto the back of his refuse truck which he had then driven to a rubbish dump.

The singer rang him back and thanked him for returning some of her goods. She also asked him whether she knew the whereabouts of other items. He said that he would go back to the tip to have a look.

Hollis told the court a "farcical pantomime" then ensued as Oliver pretended to search the dump.

Police later found clothes belonging to Beckham at the home of Oliver's parents, inside his sister's wardrobe.

Items of the singer's clothing were shown to the court including a Ralph Lauren denim jacket, two vest tops and a Ralph Lauren swimming costume.

The star said they would have cost between 700 and 800.

"A lot of the clothes that I have are very expensive and are made to look vintage. They are expensive even if they don't look it," said.

A pair of her bikini bottoms allegedly stolen are still missing. The trial continues.



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