Hold the front page – BBC News reports Hugh Grant bought a custard slice from a bakery

BBC News has been ridiculed for reporting actor Hugh Grant had been seen in a bakery.

The broadcaster revealed Grant had bought a bacon roll, a cup of coffee, and a custard slice from the shop in Frome, Somerset.

The person who served the “Love Actually” star was quoted as saying Grant was a “very polite and well-spoken gentleman”.

However, hot news of Hugh’s snack was scoffed at by social media.

The public and comedians waded into – describing the item as “ridiculous”.

The story was later amended with the headline changed from “Hugh Grant spotted in Frome bakery” to “Hugh Grant in Frome: Why Somerset is attractive to celebs”.

Comedy writer James Felton tweeted:

“Did I miss something big? Is this some sort of manhunt?”

And funny man Bennet Arron wrote:

“Anyone know where in the country Hugh Grant is, what type of foodstuffs he’s buying and… oh, don’t worry, BBC News has sorted it.”

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.