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Brit student accused of stealing 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic from historic Pompeii; Caprice Arnold, 21, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has vowed to to clear her name after she was in Pompeii to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Byline: Amber Hicks

A British student has vowed to clear her name after being accused of stealing a 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic during a birthday trip to Italy.

Caprice Arnold was in Pompeii to celebrate her 21st when Italian police allege she chiselled off 20 floor tiles and swiped them in her bag.

She denies the allegation and claims she only bent down to inspect them.

As she was doing so she says she was then "seized" by a caretaker. She also claims she wasn't searched and was denied a translator when confronted by police.

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Now back home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Caprice is desperate to tell her side of the story.

She toldThe Sun:"I was so scared. I have done nothing wrong.

"I kept trying to explain but I don't speak Italian and they didn't speak English.

"They have since said I had tiles and some kind of tool in my bag but that is 100 per cent not true, they did not even search me."

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Caprice, who says the incident is a complete misunderstanding, says she was told the Italians would send her a letter in the post, but her family has heard nothing.

Her father Joey believes the police 'want to make an example' of her over fears tourists are ruining Pompeii.

A prosecution source told The Sun that the case was "highly likely" to go to court.

A police official said: "The guard stopped her and asked for her details to make a report, but she declined and walked away, leaving the mosaic pieces on the ground.

"The guard called us, we stopped the family and brought them to our office to identify them.

"The woman showed little remorse, despite the fact she may stand trial and get a suspended sentence of up to eight months, while repairs will cost [pounds sterling]2,600."

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Caprice Arnold says the incident is a complete misunderstanding

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Caprice was celebrating her birthday in Pompeii when she was 'seized' by a caretaker (file photo)

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Caprice's dad believes police are trying to make an example of her (file photo)

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