The British Museum has announced items from its collection were found to be missing, stolen or damaged.
The London museum, which houses artefacts from around the world, has launched an independent review of security as it said a staff member at the institution has been dismissed.
The matter is also under investigation by the economic crime command of the Metropolitan Police.
Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said: “The museum apologises for what has happened, but we have now brought an end to this – and we are determined to put things right.
“We have already tightened our security arrangements and we are working alongside outside experts to complete a definitive account of what is missing, damaged and stolen. This will allow us to throw our efforts into the recovery of objects.”
Published: by Radio NewsHub