Arrest made in connection with theft of Arundel Castle treasures

A set of gold rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots to her execution were among the items stolen

Sussex Police have arrested a man in connection with the theft of a collection of priceless historic treasures taken from Arundel Castle on 21 May.

A set of gold rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots to her execution in 1587 were among the items stolen during the break-in at the 11th century castle located in West Sussex.

Thieves broke into this display cabinet which held historic and heraldic treasures from the Duke of Norfolk’s collection. Photo: Sussex Police.

In a joint operation between Sussex Police, Gloucestershire Constabulary, West Mercia Police, and Thames Valley Police, a male suspect was arrested on Tuesday morning 21 September in Eckington, Worcestershire, and taken into custody for interview.

Eight warrants were executed at addresses in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire, with specialist search officers and detection equipment deployed as part of the ongoing operation.

Other items in the stolen collection, which is valued at more than £1 million, include seven gold and silver-gilt royal coronation cups; ten silver-gilt Apostle Spoons; a silver-gilt casket depicting hunting and fishing scenes, and a gold baton belonging to the Earl Marshal.

Arundel Castle. Image: Wikimedia Commons/MrsEllacott.

A spokesperson for Arundel Castle said: ‘The stolen items have significant monetary value, but as unique artefacts of the Duke of Norfolk’s collection have immeasurably greater and priceless historical importance.’

Detective Inspector Alan Pack of Sussex Police stated: ‘Our investigation into the Arundel Castle burglary remains live and this action marks a significant step in our enquiries.

‘I would encourage anyone with further information about this burglary to contact us, and also remind people that the insurers have offered a substantial reward should any of the property be recovered intact. You can also contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Deuce.’