Father of Grillo sisters 'arrested over Mafia ties'

The father of two former personal assistants to TV cook Nigella Lawson has been arrested for alleged ties to the Mafia and conspiring to supply cocaine and hashish, Italian investigators told Reuters.

Sisters Elisabetta, known as Lisa (left) and Francesca Grillo. Credit: PA

Michele Grillo, 66, was taken into custody yesterday after a long investigation into criminal activities in Milan.

Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo were cleared last month of defrauding Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi of £685,000.

There was no suggestion the daughters had any link to their father's case.