Frenchman who threw Camembert at Waitrose staff now on run from police


A frenchman who threw camembert at Waitrose staff and used a trolley as a battering ram after he was caught stealing his favourite cheese now has a warrant out for his arrest.

People shopping in a Waitrose in King's Road, Chelsea had to duck for cover after Bernard Conche picked up pack after pack of camembert cheese and attempted to throw them at the shop's manager, a court heard yesterday.

Frenchman Bernard Conche was caught trying to steal the cheese, when the staff got involved and the 67 year old began reaching into his trolley and throwing the cheese at the manager.


Usually baked rather than hurled, Camembert is one of the best cheeses in existence, but can make for an effective projectile in a pinch.


Battering ram

The court heard that Bernard then used his trolley as a battering ram, smashing it into the ankle of the manager, Kimberly Taynor. Mr Conche also kicked the security guard, Shah Nawaz, in the stomach as he tried to stop him from throwing the delicious cheese across the store.

Policeman Jonathon Stanley was also kicked in the chest as he attempted to put Conche into the police van.

"On the run"

The case was heard at Hammersmith Magistrates Court yesterday, and despite attending court for part of the trial Bernard disappeared from the court after objecting to the Crown's evidence.

There is now a warrant out for his arrest, for sentencing for his cheese-based crimes. He was convicted of two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Just goes to show, some people just don't give edam.

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