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Blenheim Palace gold toilet theft: Second man arrested

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Media captionSolid gold toilet stolen in Blenheim Palace heist

A second man has been arrested as police proceed to hunt for a strong gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace.

The paintings, valued at $6m (£4.8m), was stolen in a raid on the stately dwelling in Woodstock, Oxfordshire on Saturday.

Police stated the 36-year-old man, from Cheltenham, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and had been launched below investigation.

A 66-year-old man was beforehand arrested on the identical day because the theft.

He was held on suspicion of housebreaking and launched on bail till October.

The 18-carat gold toilet, entitled America, had been a part of an exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan and was accessible for use by guests to the house of the Duke of Marlborough.

Blenheim’s chief government Dominic Hare stated the theft had echoes of a “heist movie” and added it was the “first theft of this type in living memory” from the palace.

Mr Hare stated the World Heritage Site had a “a sophisticated security system”, however stated employees had been “now challenged to look hard at ourselves and improve again”.

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Image caption Blenheim’s chief government Dominic Hare stated the theft had echoes of a “heist movie”

Det Insp Steve Jones stated the drive’s precedence was “to locate the stolen item” as he appealed for anybody with info to contact officers.

Police stated on Monday they believed a gang of thieves utilizing no less than two autos had been liable for the theft.

Blenheim Palace was shut on Saturday after the housebreaking however reopened on Sunday.

Mr Hare stated the paintings – famously provided to US President Donald Trump in 2017 – was a “comment on the American dream”.

He added it was “not out of the question [the toilet] would be melted down” by the thieves.

In an e-mail to the New York Times, Cattelan stated he wished “to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action”.

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