The thief who stole a double violin case in London's Carnaby Street last week might have had a shock when they examined their haul. Inside were two violins but both were being restored: one was in three pieces (with noticeable woodworm damage to the back), and the other was just a back plate, bearing the stamp 'BRETON L'HUTHIER A PARIS'.

The instruments were stolen from Nao Kurata, who was going to a job interview for a restoration position at a London violin workshop. Anyone with any information as to the violins' whereabouts is asked to contact the police on 0300 123 1212.