Police in London are looking into claims of theft of gold and antiques from the British Museum.

A number of pieces from the British Museum institution’s collection were discovere. To be “missing, stolen, or damaged,” the institution said in a statement on Wednesday. As a result, one employee was fire, and the Metropolitan Police open an inquiry.

The British Museum launched a separate security inquiry after finding lost, stolen, or damaged items in the collection. The Museum said it has terminated a staff member and will now take legal action against the person. The Economic Crime Command of the Metropolitan Police is also investigating the matter.

Director of the British Museum Hartwig Fischer described the episode as “highly unusual.”

The Museum regrets what occurred. But we have put an end to it and are committe to making things right, Fischer add. We have already tightened our security measures, and we are collaborating with outside specialists. Provide a throught inventory of what has been lost, broken, or stolen.

“When we learn earlier this year that artifacts from the collection. The Trustees of the British Museum were very alarm. In collaboration with the team at the Museum, the Trustees have taken quick action to address the situation. According to George Osborne, chair of the British Museum.

He assert that we summon the police, enacted urgent security measures, establish an independent assessment into what transpire and lessons to be learn, and use all disciplinary procedures at our disposal to deal with the person we think to be guilty.

Osborne state that the museum’s primary priority right now are to discover the stolen pieces, determine what may have being done to prevent those activities, and “to do whatever it takes, including investments in security and record-keeping, to guarantee that this doesn’t occur again.

It’s a terrible day for all of us who cherish the British Museum, but we’re committe to make things right and draw strength from the experience, according to Osborne.

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