Reward offered for recovery of items stolen in Arundel Castle burglary

Photo from Sussex Police

A reward has been offered for the recovery of historic items stolen in a burglary at Arundel Castle

Insurers acting for the owners of Arundel Castle have offered a substantial reward for the safe return of all or part of the collection of items which was stolen from the Castle on the night of Friday 21 May.

The collection comprised;
1. Mary Queen of Scots Rosary Beads;
2. Seven gold / silver-gilt coronation cups (George II, George III, George IV, William IV, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II);
3. Gold Earl Marshal’s baton;
4. Gold and enamel baton;
5. Other miscellaneous items including 10 silver-gilt Apostle Spoons, a silver-gilt casket with hunting and fishing scenes, and a silver-gilt mug.

A reward is being offered on the basis that any items listed above are returned in their original, undamaged, condition, subject to specific conditions, and anyone with information is asked to contact Simon Jones at loss adjusters Quadra Claims Services Ltd, email, phone 0161 838 6600.

Meanwhile the police investigation is continuing and Sussex Police have released photos of two ladders used by thieves who broke into Arundel Castle and stole the gold and silver items, worth in excess of £1million.

ladders 1 (web)

The two metal ladders, one 6' long and one 12', but both capable of being extended to twice their lengths, were found at the Castle and had been used by the thieves to gain access to the dining room area where a window was forced to gain entry.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack of Sussex Police said; "The ladders have clearly been well used over some years. The long ladder has some distinctive black and yellow paint splashings and each has some worn labelling.

"We hope that someone in the decorating or building trade, or maybe someone who just had them at home, will realise that they are now missing them, and will contact us.

"If you recognise them, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Deuce.

"In addition, if you were in Arundel and saw any suspicious activity around the area of the Castle, either that evening or in the previous few days, as the castle only re-opened to visitors on Tuesday 18 May, please let us know.

"If you are offered or hear of anyone offering for sale any of the items stolen, we would also like to hear from you.

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