Hunt for girl’s lost violin given to her by dying dad

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THE family of a schoolgirl who lost an ‘irreplaceable’ £800 violin are appealing for its return.

Talented Jia-Yu Feng left the 1929 J Bassiot violin in a taxi on the way to Portsmouth High School on Monday morning.

The 11-year-old, from Stubbington, won a full music scholarship to the school and in her father Jian’s dying months, he spent a large chunk of his savings on the high-quality instrument.

The usual minibus that picks Jia-Yu up from the Gosport ferry, at The Hard, had broken down so she had to get a taxi with friends to her school, in Kent Road, between 8am and 9am.

Her family and teachers at the school have contacted every taxi firm in the area but it has not been located. They believe it was an independent taxi.

Jia-Yu’s 23-year-old sister, Kelly, said: ‘She has been playing since she was four years old.

‘My family are very shocked as the violin is very valuable to us. It is irreplaceable.

‘It was one of the last gifts from my father.

‘He saved for quite a long time to get this for her for her Grade 6 exam.

‘He said she needed a very good violin. He died in July.’

The instrument is 3/4 sized and in a blueish/purple case.

It has 1929 J Bassiot Lyon on the inside label.

Anyone with information should call Fratton police on 101.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.