Rachel has said she is ‘devastated’ at her son’s arrest (Picture: Wenn)

Saturday Kitchen star Rachel Allen has said she is ‘devastated’ after her 18-year-old son was arrested for the possession of €30,000 (£27,000) worth of drugs.

The celebrity chef’s son Joshua was arrested in Shanagarry in East Cork, Ireland when police from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, according to the Irish Mirror.

Rachel, 46, released a statement following Joshua’s arrest.

The Irish chef said: ‘We are making a statement in response to, and hopefully to alleviate, the frenzy of enquiry and speculation on going in relation to our son Joshua.

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Joshua, 18, was arrested on possession of marijuana (Picture: GOAL)

‘A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and when formally charged Joshua will be pleading guilty at the first opportunity.

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‘We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events. Our son is eighteen years old, has never been in trouble with the Gardaí, and has made a huge mistake, which will have profound consequences for him.

‘We do not in any way condone his actions, in fact, we utterly condemn them, but it is not for us to condemn him. We must now try to look after our son and our family, the best way we can.

‘We would ask that the legal process would be allowed to proceed to deal with this matter, without interference, and that we would be allowed to deal with this, like any other parents, in a similar position.’

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A spokesperson for the Gardaí (Irish police service) said: ‘As part of a joint operation, Revenue Customs Officers have seized approximately €30,000 (thirty thousand euro) of suspected Herbal Cannabis and Gardai have arrested a .. man in the Shanagarry area of East Cork.

‘Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Anglesea Street, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenues Customs Service from the South West Region, carried out a joint operation in the Shanagarry area of Co. Cork yesterday afternoon, 30th August 2018.

‘During the course of this operation, Revenue Customs officers seized approximately 1 ½ Kilograms of suspected Herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of €30,000.’


Joshua was released without charge after being detained, and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Rachel and her husband Isaac are parents to Joshua, Scarlett and Lucca.