Musician’s £5,000 violin stolen from car boot

James Douglas and his 18th century violin which was stolen from his car at Rutland Water, Hambleton, last week
James Douglas and his 18th century violin which was stolen from his car at Rutland Water, Hambleton, last week
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A YOUNG musician is devastated after his £5,000 violin was stolen.

James Douglas, 17, of South Luffenham, had parked his purple Ford Fiesta near Hambleton and locked his 18th century violin in the boot of the car while he went for a run on Thursday last week.

The unique wax seal on the violin

The unique wax seal on the violin

When he returned a couple of hours later at about 4pm, the car boot had been broken into and the violin worth £5,000 had been stolen.

James, a student at Oakham School, said: “It’s something that musicians talk about often ‘what if my instrument was stolen?’ but you don’t ever think it will happen.

“An instrument is so much a part of you and is your own unique sound.”

James has just been offered a place at Birmingham Conservatoir and Trinity College, London, to study music next year, and in order to complete his application he was due to have lessons with teachers at the colleges this week. He is having to borrow a spare.

The violin can be recognised by a distinctive wax seal on the back.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0116 222 2222.