£250,000 violin left on train in London reunited with its ‘keeper’

A musician whose 310-year-old Tecchler violin worth £250,000 was stolen from a train in London has been reunited with his instrument.

Professional musician Stephen Morris reported the instrument missing on October 22.

He had left it on a train from London Victoria to Orpington when he got off at Penge East.


Mr Morris, on Twitter, announced that the violin was handed back undamaged. Mr Morris wrote: “My violin is home safe and sound! Thanks for the overwhelming support.”

The instrument was returned to Mr Morris at a car park in Beckenham on Friday evening, overseen by plain-clothes police officers. Mr Morris told the BBC: “I feel a bit battered and bruised… I haven’t had a great deal of sleep since it went missing.

“He was very apologetic; he said he wanted to hand it to me in person.”British Transport Police (BTP) earlier said a man had taken the violin as the train approached Bromley South, and got on another train to St Mary Cray.

They issued a CCTV image of a man believed to be related to the incident, and a person then sent a direct message to Mr Morris on Twitter who recognised him.

BTP said it would be taking no further action against the man as he had reached Mr Morris and delivered the violin.

Mr Morris continued: “It couldn’t have ended in a happier way.”