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I know this is an old thread but my reply may be helpful to other owners suffering the same problem.
This happened to me and, fortunately, the lock fell out on the drive so I did not lose it. If you are lucky enough to recover the lock, there was a chap selling repair kits on e-bay for about a fiver. The kit includes a rubber cushion ring and circlip plus detailed instructions (including a helpline). Don't know if he's still advertising but worth a try.
I'm not much use with cars but a pal of mine is and it took him about an hour to fix (quite a fiddly job and the only out of the ordinary tool you need is small external circlip pliers).
No problems since and saved me a few quid.
Hope this helps.