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18th Century violin stolen

November 22, 2012, 3:49 pm

Detectives from Lewisham continue to appeal for information one week on from the theft of an 18th Century violin worth over £140,000 during a burglary.

The occupier returned home to his address at Erlanger Road, SE14, at 22.45hrs on 14 November, to find that the main communal door and his own front door had been forced open to gain entry.

Various rooms were searched and a number of items taken including the violin

The violin is a Nicola Gagliano, from 1747, with a label inside, and is one of possibly only three in the world.

The violin was in a brown case, rectangular in shape with two straps.

Detective Constable Kevin Seed, Lewisham CID: “We have made extensive enquires with pawnbrokers and the musical trade to see if the instrument has been offered for sale. Despite those enquiries we are yet to trace the violin. Although this is an extremely valuable item, it would be very difficult to sell. There is someone out there who has knowledge of the violin’s whereabouts and we ask that they come forward so it can be returned to its rightful owner who is naturally devastated that it has been stolen.”

Anyone with information about the burglary and who has knowledge of the whereabouts of the violin should contact Detective Constable Kevin Seed at Lewisham CID on 0208 284 8380 quoting reference 3227301/12 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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