Security firm to protect 'devastated' Kerry Katona

A security company in Northamptonshire has come to the rescue of Kerry Katona after her house was burgled by a violent armed gang.

Brookmans International, based near Towcester, has been drafted in to help the former Atomic Kitten star, who wants to turn her 1.2 million Cheshire mansion into 'Fort Knox' after a violent break-in.

Three masked and armed robbers entered the house through an unlocked door and threatened the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner and her family before stealing 150,000 of property.

The ordeal, during which a knife was held to her throat, has left her devastated and in fear of repeat attacks.

The company counts many of the rich and famous among past clients, including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Mel Gibson.

Graham Freeman, who is managing business development director of Brookmans International, said: "She's very shaken and traumatised after what happened to her. She's in the Priory at the moment for depression. This has really knocked her back."

The 26-year-old star has instructed the company to "do whatever it takes" to make her home impenetrable to intruders.

Operations director Phil Smith said: "The company is looking after the interests of Ms Katona and her husband. We're a comprehensive security and investigations company. We have a lot of experience working with high-profile clients."

Mr Freeman added: "We've done some work with Max Clifford and some of his clients in the past, and that's how it started.

"We've looked at the property and recommended some defences and reinforcements to it already. There will also be other arrangements regarding her personal security and that of her family."

He was reluctant to disclose exactly what modifications the company will make to the house, but these are thought to include covert cameras and sensors both inside and out, costing thousands of pounds.

He agreed: "Security doesn't come cheap these days."

Brookmans International specialises in personal security, surveillance and risk assessment.

Ex-military employees, many of whom have backgrounds in intelligence services and the Special Forces, offer services such as covert surveillance operations, bodyguard and VIP protection, cyber investigation as well as tracing missing people.

Mr Freeman said that working with the stars was not always as glamorous as it might appear.

"In all honesty it can be quite boring," he laughed, "but it has its moments.

"Some celebrities are better than others; some don't like being told what to do."

Asked who his favourite client has been, he added: "Tom Cruise. He was very approachable and friendly."