SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Former Essendon coach James Hird speaks for the first time about the Essendon doping scandal at The Ethics Centre on January 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport this week upheld an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency against the AFL tribunal's decision to clear 34 past and present Essendon players of taking the banned substance thymosin-beta 4 while Hird was coach. The decision means those players have now been banned from the sport for 12 months. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Essendon legend James Hird has had his house broken into and his car stolen overnight.

James Hird has just told people at a luncheon ahead of the country game between Essendon and Geelong that his house in Toorak was robbed last night while he and his family were sleeping,” Sam McClure told SEN Afternoons.

“This is the latest of events that…he cannot stay out of the news and this is a terrible situation for he and his family trying to get his life back together.

“He was asleep last night with his family, in Toorak, and he woke up this morning with his house robbed and car stolen.”

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The former Bombers coach was said to be in a distressed state on Friday, with investigations on the case still in their preliminary stages.

Victoria Police provided the following statement on the matter:

“A silver Audi Q7 station wagon, registration XCA-676, was stolen from the address.

“It is understood electronics were also stolen from the home.

“The occupants, who were home at the time, were not disturbed during the incident.”