China demands ‘severe’ punishment for American accused of breaking off terracotta warrior’s thumb after selfie

China has demanded an American man be “severely punished” after he was alleged to have stolen a thumb from a terracotta warrior after taking a selfie with the statue while it was on display at a museum in the US.

Chinese authorities have also demanded compensation for the £3.2 million exhibit, which was on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Reports said that Michael Rohana, aged 24, from the state of Delaware, was attending an ‘ugly Christmas jumper party’ at the institute on Decemeber 21 last year when he made his way into the museum’s special exhibit, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor.