Strictly Come Dancing star Annabel Croft has issued a warning to “people on their own” as she revealed she was “mugged” when waiting for a taxi.

The 57-year-old and her professional dancing partner Johannes Radebe just missed out on a place in the Strictly final last year, as she was the 10th celebrity to leave the competition.

But now taking to Instagram, the mum-of-three said she was left “terrified” as she explained someone rode past her on a bike and tried to steal her phone as she waited outside King's Cross St Pancras station.

Strictly's Annabel Croft sends warning to 'people on their own' after being 'mugged'

In a post on the social media platform, she said: "I just wanted to warn people who are on their own in London. I just got mugged waiting for a taxi outside King's Cross St Pancras.

“The man was riding a bike and wearing a black balaclava. He rode straight at me and took my phone clean out of my hands. He rode away with it but luckily dropped my phone so I got it back. Terrifying!”

Luckily, a passerby came to Annabel’s rescue, as she continued: “On a positive note, there are some lovely people out there.

“Luckily a lovely gentleman witnessed it and came over to help me. Thank you to whoever you are."

Annabel Croft's marks first anniversary of husband's death in emotional post

The former British professional tennis player recently marked the first anniversary of her husband’s death.

Mel Coleman was a former international America's Cup and Admiral's Cup yachtsman who died in 2023, just 16 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

In an Instagram post uploaded on May 24, Annabel wrote: “1 year today

“Miss you so much.

“Thank you to everyone for your love and support.”

The caption appeared alongside a picture of Annabel with her late husband sitting on a beach smiling at one another.

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway replied: “What lovely pictures - so so hard xxx”

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During Annabel’s time on Strictly, she paid tribute to Mel in a touching performance.

For the routine to Wings by Birdy, she glided across the dancefloor dressed in a elegant flowing dress to secure a score of 35.

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Judge Shirley Ballas said at the time: “I thought that was graceful, that was charming… It was just divine.”

Anton Du Beke added that the judges often focus on specific movements but feels “sometimes it doesn’t matter about all that, sometimes it’s just about dancing and when there’s reason for it, it’s just perfect, and this was perfect”.

Craig Revel Horwood felt it was a “beautiful story beautifully executed”, while Motsi Mabuse said it was her “best dance” of the series.