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03 November 2019 10:36

Violin Stephen Morris David Tecchler

Musician announces stolen £250,000 violin has been returned

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.

The violin, which was made by master craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, was left on the London to Orpington train on 22 October when Mr Morris got out at Penge East with his bike. British Transport Police (BTP) later released a CCTV image of a man believed to have taken the violin as the train approached Bromley South and asked him to get in touch, sparking appeals on social media. A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said they would be taking no further action against the man because he had taken reasonable steps to contact the violin owner and had handed it back. British Transport Police said it was taken by another man who left the train four stops later and released a CCTV image of the suspect. UK news in pictures 1/51 2 November 2019 Pro Scottish Independence campaigners listen as Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister addresses a rally calling for Scottish independence in Glasgow AFP via Getty Images 2/51 1 November 2019 Police and recovery workers remove a damaged bus from the scene of a crash in Sevenoaks Road, south-east London.

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Stephen Morris, 51, was left "devastated" when he realised he had not taken his antique violin with him when he got off the London to Orpington service at Penge East last week. Earlier this week British Transport Police said the violin had been stolen, after another man took it off the train at Bromley South, before he boarded a connecting train to St Mary Cray. BTP said it would be taking no further action against the man because he had taken reasonable steps to contact the violin owner and had handed it back. A valuable 310-year-old violin forgotten on a London train by a British musician almost two weeks ago has been returne Professional musician Stephen Morris has been reunited with the precious instrument, one of a few made by master craftsman David Tecchler, after "secret negotiations," the BBC reports. Morris left the violin behind when he got off a London to Orpington service in South London's Penge East with his bicycle October 22.

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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".