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Burglars steal instruments from gifted blind musician

Burglars have left a talented musician out of pocket after stealing instruments valued at a total of around $8,000 (£4,990).

The thieves broke into the home of 17-year-old Rachel Flowers and took two flutes, a cello, an alto saxophone and a laptop, none of which were covered by musical insurance.

Ms Flowers, who was born blind, has been playing instruments since the age of two and is considered a gifted performer.

Her mother Jeanie Flowers described how one of the flutes alone cost $2,500 and appealed for help funding new instruments.

“We’re hoping we can get donations to help replace what was taken,” she told the Ventura County Star.

Mrs Flowers suggested her daughter’s talents come from the fact she is able to really focus as her lack of sight prevents her from being distracted by things around her.

Elsewhere, police are appealing for witnesses after musical instruments were recently stolen from Highbury Congregational Church in Cheltenham.

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