Two British teenagers have been arrested at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz on suspicion of stealing artefacts.
Police in Poland said they were holding the two boys at the site in connection with the theft of items that once belonged to World War Two prisoners.
The youngsters, both 17, were spotted acting suspiciously on Monday near a building where German guards once stored prisoners' confiscated belongings, a spokesman for the museum said.
When they were searched, investigators found several objects including a piece of a razor, a fragment of a spoon, several buttons and two pieces of glass.
Officers said they believed the items may have been stolen from the building.
The two have been interviewed using an interpreter, a police spokesman said.
A decision is yet to be made about whether they will continue to remain in detention. If their case goes to court and they are found guilty, they could face up to 10 years in prison, police said.
It was not immediately clear why the two were at the site.
Auschwitz is located near the southern Polish city of Krakow.
Since its liberation in 1945 it has become a poignant symbol of the Holocaust, which saw six million Jews murdered across Europe.
About 1.5 million people, mainly European Jews but also gypsies, Poles and political prisoners, were gassed, shot, hanged or burned at Auschwitz during the war.
Curators at the museum which now operates on the site of the camp say some visitors try to take artefacts as souvenirs.
In 2010, the theft of the famous "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") sign from the entry gate of the Auschwitz site resulted in the jailing of a Swedish man.
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