Arundel Castle: Police patrol castle after £ 1million theft Brighton News

POLICE patrols historic castle after treasures worth over £ 1million stolen in a nighttime raid.

“Irreplaceable” golden rosaries worn by Mary Queen of Scots on her execution in 1587 were among the items stolen by the thieves who broke into Arundel Castle.

Staff were alerted to the break-in at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21, after a burglar alarm went off and police rushed to the scene.

Officers arrived within minutes, but priceless items were taken in the heist.

A 4 × 4 sedan has since been burnt down and abandoned and is believed to have been involved in the raid.

Now, designated Sussex police patrols are monitoring the historic site, which first opened to the public this year last week.

Writing on Twitter, a Chichester Police spokesperson said: “We are conducting a DPA (Designated Patrol Activity) at Arundel Castle after their recent break-in.

“If you have any information regarding this heist, please call Sussex Police and quote Operation Deuce.”

Dating back to the 11th century, many of the castle’s original features, including the Norman keep, medieval gatehouse and barbican, remain today.

The library is 122 feet long and is fully stocked with Honduran mahogany and the oldest printed book is the Augsburg Bible, 1477.

The Argus: Arundel Castle was the subject of a late night breakArundel Castle was subject to a late night break

Like other attractions around Sussex, the castle has been forcibly closed due to lockdown restrictions.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: ‘Police are looking for thieves who broke into Arundel Castle and stole gold and silver items worth over £ 1million .

“At 10:30 pm on Friday, May 21, Castle staff were alerted to a break-in after a burglar alarm was triggered.

“The police arrived on the scene within minutes.

“Various items were stolen of great historical significance.

“These include the gold rosaries worn by Mary Queen of Scots during her execution in 1587, several coronation cups given by the Sovereign to the then Earl Marshal, and other treasures of gold and silver.

“The Rosary has little intrinsic value as a metal, but as part of the history of the Howard family and the heritage of the nation, it is irreplaceable.

“The articles were forcibly taken to a window along the public road.

“Police are examining a 4 × 4 lounge that was found abandoned and on fire in the nearby town of Barlavington shortly after, to determine if it is linked to the burglary.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-25 07:19:15