The violin was in a black wooden case and was stolen from a house in Loughborough in July 2022


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A violin of much sentimental value was stolen from a house in Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK, on 22 July 2022.

The violin was made by Emile Mennesson, dated 1890, number 2321. These details are clear on a label inside the violin. It is in a black wooden coffin case with a blue interior and contains two bows. Neither of the locks work on the case and at the time of the theft it was held closed by an old leather strap. The violin needs restringing and the bows need rehairs.

The owner of the violin says: ’This violin has been in our family for at least 80 years and was played by my father before injuries sustained during the Second World War prevented him from doing so any longer. My father purchased the violin from the widow of his music teacher.’

The crime reference number is 23000465138.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the stolen item can contact the owner on

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