£250K VIOLIN LEFT ON TRAIN IN LONDON HAS BEEN STOLEN, POLICE SAY

A 310-year-old violin worth £250,000 that its owner believed to have left it on a train has been stolen, according to police.

Stephen Morris left the unique instrument worth £250,000 on a London Victoria to Orpington train when he got off at Penge, south-east London, last Tuesday. He had urged to the public for help, saying losing it was “like having my arm cut off”.

British Transport Police, after checking CCTV footage from the journey, said another man took the violin as the train approached Bromley South, before continuing to another train to St Mary Cray.

British Transport Police has released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to about the lost violin.

The instrument, which dates to 1709, was one of only a few made by David Tecchler, a master craftsman regarded to be the chief violin and cello maker of the renowned Roman school of violin making.

The lately restored violin was in a white case when Morris left it on the train. It is stamped with Tecchler’s name inside.