British singer/TV presenter Myleene Klass was left "shaken and utterly terrified" after confronting two youths on her property - and received a warning from cops for brandishing a knife at the intruders.
The former Hear'Say star - who recently landed her first U.S. TV job as co-host of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! - was alone in her house in Hertfordshire, England when she spotted two teens in her garden in the early hours of Saturday (09Jan10) morning.
Klass rushed downstairs and grabbed a knife, opening the door to scare off the pair - who were peering through her windows - by waving the weapon and screaming.
She then called police and told the attending officers of her actions - only to get a warning that her behaviour was illegal.
And the star has been left "bemused" by the stance of the police - insisting she should be allowed the defend herself and her property from intruders.
The star's rep Jonathan Shalit says, "(She had been left) shaken and utterly terrified. Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself in her own home. All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try and frighten them off.
"She is not looking to be a vigilante, and has the utmost respect for the law, but when the police explained to her that even if you're at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself, she was bemused. Her questions going forward are: what are my rights, and what are you actually allowed to do to defend yourself in your own house?"