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Nigel Forster burglary

Back in June, luthier Nigel Forster’s Hexham workshop was robbed and over £40,000 worth of stock was stolen – a staggering loss for the instrument maker who has had to refund customers who had already paid towards the items stolen. A list of what was taken, including photographs, is available to read on Nigel’s website, and he asks people in the music community to be vigilant, as the various guitars and other instruments, including a Model O Celtic mandolin, an eight string sapele and spruce mandola, a 1970s Fender MusicMaster bass guitar, a Ralph Plumb viola, and several other pieces, are distinctive and identifiable and may well appear at some stage.

Nigel is offering a reward for their return. He says: “There is a good chance whoever stole these instruments from the Hexham workshop will be wondering how on earth they are going to move them on for anything like what they are worth. So, I’d like to offer a reward for their safe return. How much depends on what state they are in when I get them back.”

If you have any information as to their whereabouts, you can contact Northumbria Police or get in touch with Nigel through his website - nkforsterguitars.com