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Police update on stolen Blenheim gold toilet


Police say their presence around Blenheim Palace will continue today as they 'make every effort' to track down a precious gold toilet.

The art piece was stolen from Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace in Woodstock yesterday, and is estimated to be worth six million dollars.

In an updated statement this morning, Thames Valley Police said a 66-year-old man arrested in connection with the burglary remains in police custody, in the West Mercia area.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry and there will continue to be a police presence in and around the area of Blenheim Palace while our investigations continue.

“We are making every effort to locate the offenders and the toilet that was stolen."

Police received a report about the burglary at 4.57am yesterday, and arrived quickly on the scene.

An Oxfordshire-based art historian tweeted last night saying there was a large police presence on the Bladon side of the Blenheim estate, with officers surrounding an area of woodland.

Anybody with information has been asked to call 101, quoting URN 273 (14/9), make a report online via the force's website, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

It was widely reported that the artwork was worth £1m, but Blenheim's CEO has since said it is valued at six million US dollars - about £4.8m.