THE Daily Express reports on an unusual theft… a fully functioning toilet, but as the paper explains, it is made of solid gold!

The loo was taken from 18th century Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Named America, it was installed for an art exhibition at Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace.

Police say the theft from a wood-panelled room caused significant flood damage as the toilet had been plumbed in for visitors to use.

Blenheim Palace chief executive Dominic Hare said the artwork, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is valued at about £4.8 million.

Archaeologists working at Ipplepen in South Devon have uncovered the remains of a high-quality Romano-British butcher’s business and centre for crafts.

The Guardian reports that they believe the fourth-century abattoir was set up to prepare the best cuts of beef that were transported to customers miles away along a Roman road found at the site.

Previous digs at Ipplepen have unearthed Roman coins, a stretch of Roman road and the remnants of vessels from France and the Mediterranean once full of wine, olive oil and garum – fish sauce.

Professor Stephen Rippon, from the University of Exeter, said: “They would have boiled down the bits that have been thrown away and made something like brawn out of them.”

He added: “We think they were preparing good meat joints and perhaps storing them in barrels of salted water and taking them somewhere else. This is the first time we have found evidence of commercial farming and butchery in the south-west of Britain.”

Chaos on a busy UK motorway was caused by…a small goat, says The Independent.

The animal found its way onto the M62 and as it evaded capture by police, traffic was brought to a standstill between junctions 28 and 29 south of Leeds for 90 minutes.

People also got out of their vehicles and attempted to guide the goat out of harm’s way but it repeatedly returned to the road before it was eventually captured.

The Independent also informs us that 43 year old nurse Paula Peacock who discovered a bottle of glucose energy drink Lucozade dating back to 1993 in her childhood bedroom in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, toasted the find by drinking it despite its best-before date of 1994.

Paula said: “It tasted good. It was just like the original recipe but without the bubbles.”

She had placed the bottle behind a wardrobe when she was a teenager after being diagnosed with type one diabetes.

But she forgot about it and the Lucozade remained there after she left the family home and moved to Scotland.

“My room has been painted with a new floor put down, so somebody has obviously taken it out and put it back in again. I did feel nostalgic, I keep looking at it. It’s quite dinky. It looks like a pot of gold.”

On display at the Yorkshire Museum in York is an 800 year old figure of Christ which has returned to its spiritual home.

The Guardian says that the new acquisition is an internationally significant example of medieval religious art.

The 16cm copper alloy figure was bought at auction in Germany, where it has been for more than a century and subsequently purchased by the museum and it will be shown very close to where it would have been seen in the 13th century.

Lucy Creighton, the curator of archaeology at York Museums Trust, said : “It is a wonderful object for York and it is fantastic to bring it back to the city, it hasn’t been here for 200 years.”

Creighton said when monasteries were dissolved in the 16th century by Henry VIII, someone evidently managed to hide the figure and it later seemed to have disappeared for 100 years before making its way into a private German collection in the 1920s.

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