Boris Johnson’s high-profile move to a multi-million-pound Oxfordshire mansion has left villagers worried they will be overrun with security and press.

The former Prime Minister has bought the £3.8 million Brightwell Manor in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, a nine-bedroom grade II listed property with a three-sided moat.

Mr Johnson, 58, his wife Carrie, 35, and their two young children Wilfred, three, and Romy, one, have been spotted around the village since their move. 

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On Saturday they met their new neighbours and vicar Kevin Beer at a spring fair at St Agatha's Church.

However, not everyone is pleased with Mr Johnson's presence in the village.

And this was ahead of yesterday's news that Mr Johnson is being investigated over fresh claims that he broke lockdown rules during the pandemic period.

A group of choir singers returning from the church were upset when they met an armed policeman in the street on May 12, and some villagers have raised concerns about a security drone which flew over their homes while scoping the area.

Sue Robson, chair of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell parish council, said: “The village has mixed feelings about our new resident.

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“The security that he comes with is worrying, like an armed policeman. He was very friendly, but he had a gun and it’s not what we want in our village.

“It might change the atmosphere in the village because it is not something we have ever had.”

Vice chair Helen Baines added: “We’re a lovely village and we get on with our lives and you don’t want a media circus. You are probably aware that Boris only has to say one thing, and everyone will report it and with that will come attention.”

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Anne Salisbury, who has lived in the village for 40 years, was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when she spotted Mr Johnson as he walked out the village shop.

She said she pulled down her window and told the former Prime Minister about her concerns over the presence of drones and armed police.

“I must have sounded like a mad old woman” she said.

“He said in that voice of his, ‘what do you want me to do about it’.

“I said ‘you should listen, and I know you don’t listen all that often’.

“He leant into the open passenger window and said, ‘why don’t you go and calm down and have a drink.’

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“I said, ‘I’m perfectly calm and I don’t need a drink, but you need to realise the impact you’re having on our community.’

Mr Johnson's office was contacted for comment but did not respond.

His arrival in the village has raised questions about the possibility he might stand for his former seat of Henley after MP John Howell confirmed he would not be seeking re-election.

However, a source in the local Conservative party said: “It seems quite clear that the Conservative party would not support him leaving Uxbridge and South Ruislip and standing here.

“The local party is working on the assumption that they are looking for candidates other than him to replace John Howell.”