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Unusual flute part is stolen.

THIEVES stole part of a musical instrument from a Tyneside charity shop.

Police are appealing for information after an unusual flute part was taken from the shop in Newcastle.

Some time between January 12 and 25, a solid silver Roberto Bigio Flute head joint was taken from the Oxfam charity book and music store at St George's Terrace, Jesmond.

It was taken from a display cabinet inside the store and had been donated by a member of the public.

The part was up for sale for pounds 300.

The item is the mouth piece part of a flute and would effectively be useless to anyone other than a flautist.

It is solid silver and engraved with the maker's name and logo.

PC Dave Hill said it was a unique item.

He said: "Clearly this item is of significant value to the charity who would appreciate its return.

"We've carried out enquiries at local jewellers and pawn shops while staff are watching similar items on well known auction web sites.

"This was a callous theft from a charity and we're hoping someone might have information about who took the item or knows where it is."

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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