03 November 2019 10:36
A 310-year-old antique violin worth £250,000 which was stolen from a train in London has been returned to its owner with no damage. Professional musician Stephen Morris, who said it was "devastating" to lose the instrument made by craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, reported the violin as missing on October 22. He said he left the violin on the London Victoria to Orpington train when he got off at Penge East. Overseen by plain-clothes police officers, the instrument was handed over to Mr Morris at a car park in Beckenham on Friday evening after a suspect was identified. British Transport Police (BTP) had previously said a man had taken the violin as the train approached Bromley South station, and got on a connecting train.
Police released a CCTV image of a man they believed to be connected to the incident; a person then sent a direct message to Mr Morris on Twitter who identified him. BTP said it would be taking no further action against the man, as he had contacted Mr Morris and handed the violin back. A 310-year-old violin worth £250,000 that was left on a train in south London has been returned to its owner. The instrument was handed over to professional musician Stephen Morris in a supermarket car park in Beckenham after secret negotiations. Plain-clothes police officers were in attendance in case the handover went wrong, as the man who had the violin said he made a mistake and apologised.
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According to the BBC, the violin was handed back in a parking lot in Beckenham, in South London, in an exchange supervised by plain-clothes police officers. After British Transport Police shared a CCTV image of a man believed to have taken the instrument, Morris was contacted on Twitter and the exchange was arranged for Friday, the BBC reported. "He was very apologetic, he said he wanted to hand it to me in person," Morris said of the man, adding that the violin and bows were intact and "in tune".