Mary Berry arrested at airport for having 'flour and sugar in little plastic bags' 3 years ago

Mary Berry arrested at airport for having 'flour and sugar in little plastic bags'

Sweet, innocent Mary

Mary Berry is actually a hard case and had all of us thinking she's the epitome of grandma.

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Oh no Nelly! Mary is hard, a bit of rough, a "nutter" in the immortal words of Noel Fielding's Hitcher.

The 83-year-old has told how she was arrested after trying to take small plastic bags of flour and sugar through airport security.

Mary is hosting new show Britain's Best Home Cook with Claudia Winkleman (Credit: BBC)

Mary said: "I was arrested 25 years ago. I was going to the US to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients – flour, sugar – and put them all in little plastic bags.

"When I arrived at the airport the sniffer dogs made a bee-line for me.

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"Suddenly I was surrounded by uniformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells. It was alarming. When I was asked if was going to make money from the stuff, I said, 'I do and my fee has already been agreed.'"

The pair on The Graham Norton Show (Credit: BBC)

The Great British Bake Off hero was appearing on The Graham Norton Show alongside Claudia Winkelman, with whom she is co-hosting Britain's Best Home Cook.

Winkelman said she was over the moon at the chance to work with Berry, but discovered she had a "darker side," in reference to the arrest.

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