Former British Museum curator faces court order over alleged thefts

·

A London court has issued an order for a former curator of the Ancient Greek collections at the British Museum, Mr Peter Higgs, who was accused of stealing hundreds of artefacts.

Reuters reported that Mr Higgs has now been asked to list all items that were stolen from the Museum, and return them.

After being dismissed for the alleged thefts, Mr Higgs will now face a civil lawsuit from the museum, however he has not been criminally charged.

Some of the stolen artefacts include ancient Greek and Roman jewellery.

Peter higgs
Mr Peter Higgs, the artefact thief. Photo: Mirror.co.

Despite Mr Higgs not attending his hearing, the Museum’s lawyers have taken legal action to recover the missing items.

“While the full extent of the thefts is unknown, it is presently believed that over 1,800 items were stolen or damaged and that many hundreds of them were sold or offered for sale by (Higgs),” the Museum’s lawyer, Daniel Burgess, said.

Mr Burgess further added that Higgs tried to “cover his tracks by, among other things, using false names, creating false documents and manipulating records held on the Museum’s IT systems.”

“The British Museum has had 356 items returned so far,” Mr Burgess added.

Source: Reuters.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Fifty years strong: Celebrating the enduring legacy of Modern Greek at Sydney University

The Department of Modern Greek at the University of Sydney marks its milestone 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate, more than 100 past...

HACCI SA celebrate one year since revival with annual Parliament House event

By Peter Tantalos The South Australian Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI SA) commemorated the first anniversary of its revival by hosting its...

AHEPA NSW to mark 90 years of service

AHEPA NSW will mark 90 years of service to Hellenism and to Australia since the founding meeting at the northern NSW town of Werris...

Tom Koutsantonis MP gets extra portfolio in SA Cabinet reshuffle

In a recent South Australian government cabinet reshuffle, Tom Koutsantonis was given an extra portfolio following the resignation of Independent MP, Geoff Brock. According to...

Stefanos Tsitsipas knocks back Maria Sakkari’s Olympics offer for ‘dream with brother’

Greek tennis champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that he is unlikely to play mixed doubles with his Greek compatriot, Maria Sakkari at the 2024...

You May Also Like

Constantinos Demetriou refused bail after being charged with alleged assault in Sydney

50-year-old bodybuilder, Constantinos Demetriou, has faced court for allegedly bashing his father and setting two family members’ homes on fire in June last year...

‘He’s Mesut’: Newcastle Jets’ Kosta Grozos compared to former Real Madrid star

Youngster Kosta Grozos kicked his first A-League goal over the weekend for the Newcastle Jets FC and pushed his team past Melbourne Victory 2-1...

Barrister Sue Chrysanthou slams Federal Government’s ‘violent assault’ on defamation laws

One of Australia's top defamation barristers, Sue Chrysanthou SC, has slammed the Federal Government's proposed anti-trolling legislation as a 'violent assault' on defamation law...