Stephane Pauwels: Top football TV presenter charged with armed robbery

A TOP football TV presenter has been charged with armed robbery.

Stephane Pauwels, 50, who has hosted shows for Belgian and French television, was arrested as part of a major police probe.

 A top football TV presenter has been charged with armed robbery

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A top football TV presenter has been charged with armed robbery

He is suspected of "armed robbery with a firearm, at night, as part of a gang", said federal prosecutor's spokeswoman Wenke Roggen.

The raid took place in the wealthy town of Lasne, south of Brussels, in 2017, and was described by media as a "home invasion".

Pauwels' arrest is part of an investigation launched several months ago into armed robberies, burglaries and drug dealing.

Five people are currently in custody.

 Stephane Pauwels, 50, has hosted shows for Belgian and French television

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Stephane Pauwels, 50, has hosted shows for Belgian and French television
 Pauwels, left, is suspected of 'armed robbery with a firearm, at night, as part of a gang'

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Pauwels, left, is suspected of 'armed robbery with a firearm, at night, as part of a gang'

Pauwels has more than 84,000 Twitter followers and is followed by Eden Hazard, Benjamin Mendy and Michy Batshuayi.

He was detained in the southern Belgian city of Mons on Tuesday and yesterday appeared before a judge who charged him and granted conditional bail.

He presents on Belgium's RTL-TVI channel – the country's leading private broadcaster – and is also known in France for hosting football programmes on several stations.

As well as football, Pauwels also hosts a show on RTL-TVI called Storms of Life, telling tales of dramatic ordeals faced by celebrities and ordinary people.

 Pauwels is a big media personality in Belgium and France

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Pauwels is a big media personality in Belgium and France

"Life is full of unexpected turns. For some it can be particularly difficult, taking them in an instant from happiness to hardship," the show’s website said.

Parent company RTL Belgium announced that Pauwels was suspended with immediate effect.

A statement read: "The management of RTL Belgium strongly hopes that clarity can be brought as quickly as possible to this affair."

A TOP football TV presenter has been charged with armed robbery.