Police have launched an urgent investigation after valuable artifacts from the British Museum were found to be “missing, stolen or damaged”.
The museum said an employee was fired after a number of items in its collection were found to be damaged or missing.
The Met Police are currently investigating the case.
It is not yet known which items from the British Museum’s extensive collection were affected.
Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: “This is a most unusual incident.”
“I know I speak for all colleagues when I say that we take the protection of everything entrusted to us extremely seriously.
“The museum apologizes for what happened, but we have now put an end to it – and we are determined to put things right again.”
“We have already tightened our security procedures and are working with outside experts to create a definitive list of what is missing, damaged and stolen.”
“This will allow us to focus our efforts on recovering objects.”
It comes less than a week after a man was charged after the horrific stabbing at the museum.