Friday, December 6

Musician reunited with £250,000 violin ‘stolen’ from prepare


An vintage violin value £250,000 which was stolen from a prepare baggage rack, has been reunited with its proprietor.

Stephen Morris forgot to choose up the 18th century instrument when he received off at Penge East station in south London final month.

British Transport Police stated it was taken by one other man who left the prepare 4 stops later and released a CCTV image of the suspect.

However on Saturday night time Mr Morris confirmed that the violin had been returned and thanked the general public for his or her assist.

“My violin is dwelling secure and sound!,” the 51-year-old musician tweeted, earlier than posting an image of himself kissing the 310-year-old instrument.

He instructed the BBC that he negotiated the return of the violin after receiving a message on Twitter from a person calling himself “Gene”.

“He was very apologetic, he stated he wished at hand it to me in individual,” stated Mr Morris.

Musician Stephen Morris, 51, left his £250,000 violin made in 1709 by David Tecchler on a prepare between London Victoria and Penge East on 22 October 2019. Picture exhibits the violin throughout restoration and Tecchler’s label inside. (Stephen Morris)

BTP officers watched as the 2 males accomplished the handover at a Waitrose automotive park close to Beckenham prepare station on Friday night time.

“It couldn’t have led to a happier means,” Mr Morris stated.

The vintage violin is believed to be one among just a few made by David Tecchler, whose identify is marked inside, in Rome in 1709.

Mr Morris, who has been a violinist for 44 years, played the instrument on Harry Potter and James Bond film scores.

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