Thames Valley Police has confirmed that it is investigating the burglary of a gold toilet from Blenheim Palace.
The force confirmed that it received a report of a burglary at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, at 4.57am today (14/9).
The offenders broke into the palace overnight and left the scene at about 4.50am.
No-one was injured during the burglary.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne, said:
“The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace.
“Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding.
“We believe a group offenders used at least two vehicles during the offence.
“The artwork has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice.
“Residents will see an increased police presence in the area while officers and staff carry out enquiries.
“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to contact police.
“You can call us on 101, quoting URN 273 (14/9), visit our website or visit a police station.”
Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.
It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace