Ex-MI5 boss loses laptop at Heathrow airport

Stella Rimington, the former Director-General of MI5 (Britain’s Security Service), has had her laptop stolen according to media reports.

Dame Stella Rimington made the headlines in 1992 when she was publicly named as the first female chief of MI5, and is believed to have inspired Judi Dench’s casting as spy chief “M” in the James Bond films. Dame Stella has since carved herself a career as a spy novelist.

The former boss of MI5 was said by The Sun newspaper to be “very upset” by the theft which occurred as she left Heathrow airport last Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police’s SO15 Counter-Terrorism division is reported to have been informed because of possible security concerns.

Although Dame Stella retired from MI5 in 1996, the concern will be that she may still have the…

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