A man has pleaded not guilty after being charged over the theft of a £4.8 million gold toilet from Blenheim Palace.

Bora Guccuk, 40, from west London, denied one count of conspiracy to transfer criminal property at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday.

James Sheen, 39, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and Michael Jones, 38, from Oxford, both pleaded not guilty in January to burgling the 18-carat art installation in an overnight raid in the early hours of September 14 2019.

Sheen has also denied a charge of transferring criminal property, while both he and 35-year-old Frederick Sines, aka Frederick Doe, from Ascot, Berkshire, have denied a charge of conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

The fully functioning toilet, titled America, was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and housed in the Oxfordshire country house where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

It had previously been displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York where thousands of people queued to use it for its intended purpose.

All four defendants are next due to appear in court on February 24 2025.