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Musician 'elated' by recovery of instrument

Min-Jin Kym had owned the instrument since she was a teenager. Credit: Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd

Internationally-acclaimed musician Min-Jin Kym said that she was elated by the news of the violin's recovery.

"It's been a very difficult journey; I still can't quite believe what has happened," she said.

"The loss of the instrument, and the acute responsibility I felt, was at the back of my mind at every moment of the day.

"I'd played the instrument since I was a teenager, so it'd been a huge part of my identity for many years.

"The theft was a crushing blow and the detectives in the case had always, quite rightly, been very careful not to give me false hope.

"When they told me the good news, it didn't feel real.

"I've now gone from devastation to the other end of the scale - an incredible feeling of elation that hasn't left me. I'm still feeling the butterflies in my stomach and am on cloud nine."

Police 'delighted' to find violin

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor, who led the hunt for the violin, said:

"We're absolutely delighted to have recovered the Stradivarius violin after a long and very complex investigation.

"Though it took some time to successfully locate and recover the violin, we were confident it had remained in the UK.

"I always maintained that its rarity and distinctiveness would make any attempt to sell it extremely difficult, if not futile, because established arts and antiques dealers would easily recognise it as stolen property."

£1.2m stolen violin recovered

The 1696 Antonio Stradivarius violin, pictured before it was stolen. Credit: British Transport Police handout.

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, which was stolen at Euston Station in 2010 has been found in the Midlands.

The instrument, which is worth £1.2 million, was taken by opportunistic thieves while musician Min-Jin Kym was eating at a Pret a Manger cafe.

Three people were convicted in connection with the theft in 2011, but the violin had not been recovered until now.

The instrument was found intact, with some very minor damage, in its case along with one bow valued at £62,000 and another valued at more than £5,000.

Experts have verified that it is the genuine article and the violin is now being held at a secure London location.