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£250k antique violin left on train ‘was stolen from luggage rack’

Musician Stephen Morris spoke of the devastating loss after accidentally leaving the 18th century instrument on a London Victoria to Orpington train.

British Transport Police said the violin was stolen from the luggage rack of the train (British Transport Police/PA)
British Transport Police said the violin was stolen from the luggage rack of the train (British Transport Police/PA)

By Margaret Davis, PA Crime Correspondent

A £250,000 violin accidentally left in the luggage rack of a train has been stolen, police have said.

Stephen Morris left his antique violin, which was made by craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, on the London Victoria to Orpington train when he got off at Penge East on Tuesday October 22.

The musician had appealed for its safe return, saying it was “devastating to lose the instrument I’ve been playing for 20 years”.

On Wednesday, British Transport Police said another man had taken the violin as the train approached Bromley South, and got on a connecting train to St Mary Cray.

The force has released a CCTV image of a man that they would like to speak to.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or has seen the violin, which was in a white case, can contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 1900092343.

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