Mum offers reward for return of 19th century violin left on bus by schoolboy

12 February 2016, 10:22 | Updated: 12 February 2016, 10:25

Yorkshire schoolboy left his £1,000 instrument on a bus seat earlier this week.

A South Yorkshire mum has offered a reward for the return of her son's 19th-century French violin after it was taken from a bus earlier this week. 

Garna Wallace, 12, was travelling home by bus from Queen Elizabeth High School around 4.30pm on Wednesday 10 February when he realised he had left the violin - inside its black case - on the 98 Stagecoach service between Gainsborough and Doncaster, the Doncaster Free Press reports

Garna's dad chased the bus down in his car, but only caught up with it much later, by which time the £1,000 violin - a gift from Garna's grandmother - had disappeared. 

Mum Antonia said: "He is absolutely bereft. He is so upset and he looked terrible when he got in from school. Hopefully someone will know something about what has happened to his violin.

"We are prepared to offer a reward. It isn't just the cost - its the fact that he took such a long time to choose it and loved it. He has only had it about one and a half years."

If you have any information about the violin's whereabouts, contact John Suchet below.