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X Factor bosses step up security after Union J's George Shelley's laptop is stolen from his hotel

X Factor bosses step up security after Union J's George Shelley's laptop is stolen from his hotel

X Factor bosses are stepping up security around the four remaining acts after Union J's George Shelley had his laptop stolen from his room at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

A source told The Mirror that the hotel managed to trace the laptop and return the hardware back to George in one piece, but its thought the incident has put X Factor bosses on high alert ahead of these high-pressure final two weeks.


"George knew he had left his laptop in his room, so he didn’t understand how it could have been stolen," said the source.

“He complained to the hotel’s security immediately and within 24 hours, they managed to locate it and find the perpetrator.

“The matter was dealt with, but now George is worried that the thief had time to access his private photos, emails and documents.


And it's thought the incident could put added pressure on the excellently-haired boyband ahead of this week's show.

“It is a worry he feels he does not need so close to the semi-finals," the source continued. "The safety and wellbeing of the contestants is a top priority for the X Factor bosses. They do not want anyone feeling under threat, so they’ve promised to up the levels of security to stop anything like this happening again." Phew.

It's not the first time this series that Union J have had to deal with security situations: back in October bosses were forced to draft in more sausage-shaped men in suits to protect the boys after teenage fans managed to break-in and get within touching distance of their rooms.

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