The Times

September 6 1999

McEwan's ex-wife is burgled for documents

The Times

BURGLARS have broken into the French home of the former wife of the novelist Ian McEwan and stolen documents and photographs, it emerged yesterday.

Penny Allen returned to the isolated farmhouse near Guingamp in Brittany on Saturday to find documents scattered and the computer switched on.

The investigation by French gendarmes means she will not attend a county court hearing today in Oxford at which a judge is expected to confirm a restraining order on Mrs Allen, preventing her from pestering her former husband.

Mrs Allen's boyfriend, Ismay Tremain, is also expected to be banned from harassing Mr McEwan or approaching his Oxford home.

A High Court hearing in London on Tuesday is also expected to go ahead without Mrs Allen.

Mr Justice Charles is due to reconsider a temporary injunction banning Mrs Allen and Mr Tremain from disclosing details about her marriage and any information relating to the custody battle over their two sons.

The judge granted the temporary gagging order late on Friday after Mrs Allen, 51, went into hiding with the couple's 13-year-old son in France. She was detained by French police on Friday with the teenager. He returned with his father to England, where he is due to start a new school this week.

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