Ozzy Osbourne believes his lavish English country mansion is cursed after suffering a string of bad luck.

The former Black Sabbath frontman suffered a near-fatal quad bike accident on the property in December 2003, while $3.8 million (GBP2 million) worth of jewellery was stolen last year (NOV04) and last week (ends01APR05) a fire broke out within hours of the family's arrival from New York, causing $190,000 (GBP100,000) of damage to the Buckinghamshire mansion.

He says, "Every time I come back here something f**ked up happens. I came back a couple of years ago and broke my neck and f**ked myself up.

"We came back before Christmas and got burgled, and they got away with a s**tload of SHARON's jewellery. I got back Friday and lit a fire in my room. We got back about twelve o'clock and within hours we had a huge f**king fire."

03/04/2005 21:35