David Cameron's father-in-law has been robbed at his estate in northern Lincolnshire.

Samantha Cameron's father Sir Reginald Sheffield was driving around Normanby Hall when a man allegedly approached his vehicle and took his iPhone 8.

Antony Wilks 25, from Ealand, near Crowle, appeared at Grimsby Magistrates' Court yesterday as Sir Reginald celebrated his 74th birthday.

Prosecutor Mark Haigh told the court that Sir Reginald was in his car on his private land at Flixborough near Normanby when he saw two men in a VW Golf, which ended up facing his vehicle, reports Grimsby Live.

The court heard that a man is said to have got out of the car and come up to Sir Reginald's car window, which was fully down, and told him: "I'll have your phone, ta."

Antony Wilks 25, from Ealand, near Crowle, appeared at Grimsby Magistrates' Court yesterday

He is said to have leaned into the car and grabbed Sir Reginald's left forearm and taken the mobile phone, claimed Mr Haigh.

There was then a struggle before the phone was wrestled from Sir Reginald's grip and the robber got back into the car which was driven away, the court heard.

Wilks was arrested by?Humberside Police?officers on May 7 in Gunness, Scunthorpe.

Wilks, who was wearing a dark blue full EA7 tracksuit, indicated no plea to the charge.

Father-of-five Sir Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield has been the eighth baronet of Normanby in the County of Lincoln since 1977
Sir Reginald is the father of Samantha Cameron, the wife of former Prime Mininister David Cameron

He appeared in the secure dock because the Skype link to the police's?Birchin Way custody suite?in?Grimsby?was not being used.

Wilks was represented by defence solicitor Ian Haywood, who asked for him to be allowed conditional bail.

But District Judge Daniel Curtis refused bail and remanded Wilks in custody.

Father-of-five Sir Reginald's full name is Reginald Adrian Berkeley Sheffield and he has been the eighth baronet of Normanby in the County of Lincoln since 1977.

He was educated at Eton College, where his son-in-law?David Cameron?also went, and Samantha Cameron, 49, is his eldest daughter from his first marriage in 1969 to Viscountess Astor.

Normanby Hall is a Regency mansion set in an estate of 300 acres and the country park includes a farming museum, stableyard cafe, woodland and a walled garden
Samantha Cameron
Samantha Cameron was raised in the family’s property on the estate before going to private schools in Oxfordshire and to Marlborough College in Wiltshire

He has three children from his second marriage in 1977.

He was a?Conservative?councillor on Humberside County Council from 1985 to 1993.

Normanby Hall is a Regency mansion set in an estate of 300 acres and the country park includes a farming museum, stableyard cafe, woodland and a walled garden.

A popular attraction for tourists, visitors and a venue for weddings, the house and grounds are managed by?North Lincolnshire Council?on a lease from the Sheffield family who moved out of the Hall in the 1960s.

Sir Reginald remains closely involved in developments at the estate and?recently worked with councillors over the opening of the Go Ape aerial adventure attraction?in the hall's grounds.

The estate is currently closed because of the?coronavirus lockdown.

Mrs Cameron was raised in the family’s property on the estate before going to private schools in Oxfordshire and to Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Sir Reginald also owns the Sutton Park estate in the village of Sutton on the Forest, near York.