Eighteenth century violin stolen in domestic burglary

The 1747 Nicola Gagliano violin is possibly one of only three in the world. Credit: Met Police

A rare 18th century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen during a burglary at a flat, police said.

The 31-year-old owner of the flat returned to his home in New Cross, south east London, last night to find that the main communal door had been forced open along with his own front door.

Various rooms were searched and a number of items taken including the violin, which was in a brown rectangular case with two straps.

The man, who did not want to be named, said his flatmate had been loaned the valuable instrument.

Detectives in Lewisham are appealing for anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Kevin Seed on 020 8284 8380, quoting reference 3227301/12, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.