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Bailiffs descend on penne-less Jamie Oliver’s Italian flagship

JAMIE OLIVER’S flagship Italian restaurant has been cleared out after going into administration.

It took bailiffs four hours to load tables, chairs and kitchen equipment ainto a lorry yesterday outside the branch of Jamie’s Italian near Piccadilly Circus, central London.

Gone: Chairs in lorry PICTURES: MATT SPRAKE/SPLASH

The Jamie’s Italian chain — which has debts of £71.5million — went into administration last week with KPMG appointed to oversee the process. Oliver had to close 22 of his 25 restaurants, including Barbecoa and Fifteen London, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

The celebrity chef (pictured), 44, who ploughed £12.7million of his own money into the business in 2017, said: ‘I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers. I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.’

But many staff were upset after turning up for shifts to find restaurants closed.