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Paint-splattered ladder could be clue to catching crooks who stole £1m artefacts

PAINT-splattered ladders may be the key to catching crooks who stole historic artefacts worth more than £1million.

The two sets of steps were left behind when a gang made off with gold and silver from a break-in at a castle.

A pair of paint-splattered ladders may help  trace crooks who broke into Arundel Castle and stole £1million worth of historic artefacts

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A pair of paint-splattered ladders may help trace crooks who broke into Arundel Castle and stole £1million worth of historic artefactsCredit: SWNS
The set was left behind when a gang made off with gold and silver from the break-in

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The set was left behind when a gang made off with gold and silver from the break-inCredit: SWNS

Included in the haul was a set of rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots at her execution in 1587.

Police say the ladders were used to reach a window in the dining room, which was then forced open.

One is 6ft, the other 12ft but both can be extended.

Detectives hope the owners will realise they are missing and come forward.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack, of Sussex Police, said yesterday: “The ladders have clearly been well used over some years.

“The long ladder has distinctive black and yellow paint splashings and each has some worn labels.”

One ladder is 6ft while the other is 12ft but both can be extended

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One ladder is 6ft while the other is 12ft but both can be extendedCredit: SWNS
Some of the gold and silver stolen from historic Arundel Castle, West Sussex, at 10.30pm on May 21

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Some of the gold and silver stolen from historic Arundel Castle, West Sussex, at 10.30pm on May 21Credit: SWNS

Several coronation cups were also stolen in the raid on ­Arundel Castle, West Sussex, at 10.30pm on Friday, May 21.

Police were called when an alarm was tripped.

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