Musician announces stolen antique violin worth £250,000 has been returned

A 310-year-old violin worth £250,000 which was stolen after its owner accidentally left it on a train is now back with the musician.

After a police appeal, the thief contacted Mr Morris on Twitter and arranged to meet in the vehicle park in Beckenham, South London, on Friday night.

Stephen Morris was reunited with his £250,000 violin.

Mr Morris got it back after someone messaged him in his Twitter DMs to say: 'I recognise the person in the picture. "I maintain not had to take into accounta good deal of sleep because it went missing", in conjunction with that he would maintain a beer to celebrate. A working, professional musician, Morris has recorded music with Stevie Wonder and David Bowie.

The BBC reported that the man who had the violin apologised and said he had made a mistake.

Tweeting the news that the violin had been returned, Mr Morris wrote: 'My violin is home safe and sound!

"Mike was the engine room for the whole thing", said Mr Morris.

British Transport Police (BTP) had previously acknowledged a man had taken the violin as the prepare approached Bromley South, and bought on a connecting prepare to St Mary Cray. I think it may be somebody I know - I'd like to be of help.

The loss of the precious instrument, which was made by craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, sparked a massive social media search. "I know what or not it's want to go valuables on a practice".

Rapidly after 22:10 BST, the police crew watched as "Gene", in his mid to gradual 20s, approached Mr Morris, shook his hand and transferred a holdall containing the violin.

"He was very apologetic, he said he wanted to hand it to me in person".

The violin and bows were intact and "in tune".

No further police action will be taken because the man took reasonable steps to give back the instrument. A detective said: 'It was a gentlemanly exchange'.