Two men in court in connection with theft of �500,000 Guarnerius violin in Cricklewood

Sought after instrument was stolen in a house burglary

Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with the theft of a Guarnerius violin stolen in a Cricklewood burglary.

Dean Barton, 23, of Brassey Road, Kilburn, is accused of two counts of handling stolen goods including the instrument which is worth �500,000.

John Powles, 24, is charged with breaking into the Cricklewood property on August 17 from where the violin was stolen.

Both men appeared before Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (25).

Barton was remanded in custody to appear before Hendon Magistrates Court on Friday (31).

Powles was bailed to return to Hendon Magistrates’ Curt on September 21.