Police hit right note with musician after returning his seven stolen guitars

An amateur musician who had "given up hope" of ever seeing his guitar collection again has been reunited with his instruments after they were stolen eight years ago, police said.

The unnamed musician, from Epsom in Surrey, said he is "delighted" to have the instruments returned, after seven guitars and a keyboard were stolen from his home in 2009.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said the instruments were found last year during a drugs raid at a property in Tadworth along with a "large number" of cannabis plants.

Simon David Morris, 52, was arrested at the property and later convicted of handling stolen goods, police said.

He admitted to growing and producing cannabis at Guildford Crown Court earlier this month.

Morris received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.

"We had effectively given up hope of ever getting the instruments back but we're delighted that they have now been returned," said the musician, who was not named by police.

Pc Wendy Kimber, from Reigate and Banstead Neighbourhood Team, described the find as "exceptional".

"We are thrilled to be able to reunite these highly valued items with their rightful owner," she said.

Pc Kimber also urged the public to insure and photograph valuable possessions.

"You never know where they could turn up," she said.

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