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Blenheim Palace has insisted it has a 'sophisticated security system' despite thieves mounting a 'smash and grab raid' and stealing an 18-karat gold toilet in the middle of the night.
Dominic Hare told the BBC that a gang 'mounted a very fast' raid on the Oxfordshire palace overnight, stealing a fully functional loo worth $5m to $6m before security could respond.
Artwork - Winston - Churchill - Birthplace - Part
The artwork, which has not yet been found, had been installed at Winston Churchill's birthplace as part of a high-profile art exhibition due to open on Saturday.
But in the early hours, police were called to the stately home and found the solid gold toilet gone and water gushing over the floor, causing extensive damage.
Blenheim - Palace - Burglary - Saturday - Sunday
Blenheim Palace, which was closed after the burglary on Saturday but re-opened on Sunday, has not yet revealed how much the toilet was insured for, if at all.
Thames Valley Police confirmed a 66-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the theft on Saturday.
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Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Mr Hare said this was the 'first theft of its type in living memory' from the palace, and confirmed the home has a 'sophisticated security system'.
He said: 'We have a sophisticated security system and we have not had a theft of this type in living memory. But what's happened has happened and so we clearly need to challenge ourselves on that.
'We - Security - Site - Group - Men
'We have security on site. A group of men in two vehicles mounted a very fast smash and grab raid before security could respond.
'The sadness is that unlike most art, its constituent parts are valuable anyway so it's not out of the question it will be melted down'.
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Police confirmed this morning that they are making 'every effort' to locate the thieves and the stolen toilet - and will remain 'in and around' Blenheim Palace as investigations...
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