Steph McGovern contacted by anti-terrorism unit after her stolen phone found at airport

Steph McGovern recalls the time her phone was stolen

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Steph McGovern, 39, said her parents received a call regarding her phone, three weeks after it was stolen on a night out. She explained: “They happened to be with me at the time and one of them eventually got to the phone and answered.

They were worried it had been connected to something dodgy

Steph McGovern

“And, it was someone from the anti-terrorist unit.

“They said, ‘We want to chat about your daughter’s phone’.

“It turned out it had been nicked and actually it wasn’t a terrorist who had it, but it had been found in an airport.

“They were worried it had been connected to something dodgy.”

Steph said the police had to investigate the case and asked her to come into the station for an interview.

“I was convinced it was a terrorism story,” she added. “It turned out some lad had just nicked loads of phones.”

The presenter said at the time she worked for the BBC, which she left in October 2019.

Steph told her story on her Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch today, as part of a segment about texting the wrong person.

The host began fronting her show in 2020 from her home during lockdown.

After a break from screens, she relaunched the programme from Leeds Dock in September.

In a recent episode, she told her guests how she used to be judged for her Northern accent while working at the BBC.

Steph and her co-stars Denise Van Outen, Jacqui Smith, Marcus Brigstocke and chef Romy Gill discussed a a new report which stated Essex and cockney accents are judged to be “less intelligent” than others.

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Recalling her own experience, the mother-of-one said: “When I first started at BBC News, that was all anyone ever went on about was my accent.

“It was like, constantly. All the letters were like, ‘How can she possibly be intelligent with that voice?’

“’She can’t have gone to university,’” she added, echoing what somebody had said about her.

Steph went on to say that one viewer also sent money to the studio for her to get elocution lessons.

The Packed Lunch host said the comments used to make her laugh, but believed the culprits were “ignorant”.

Away from her presenting duties, Steph is also a mum to a baby daughter, whose name is unknown.

The television star has also kept her partner’s identity private and doesn’t share family snaps on social media.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays from 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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