Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Mystery river cash owner sought

Banknotes worth tens of thousands of pounds were found floating down South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre, Lincs.

Police are appealing for information after banknotes worth tens of thousands of pounds were mysteriously found floating down a river.

A dog walker spotted the cash, which on first count police officers found to be about £60,000, in the South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre, Lincs, on October 25.

Officers who pulled the banknotes from the river say a large amount was damaged but a good quantity appear to be in fair condition.

Police are considering detailed forensic examination of the money and have been granted a seizure order by the Magistrates Court to investigate where it came from .

Detective Constable Steve Hull, of Spalding CID, said: "It isn't everyday that an amount of money like this is found and somebody must have information that will help the police trace the lawful owner. I would be grateful to hear from people who have genuine information to pass on to me."

Police are intending to consult with the Bank of England for assistance with a formal inspection of the money and a final accurate count.

For now the cash will remain with the police until the investigation is complete. If the money cannot be reunited with a legitimate owner then it will become the subject of a further court forfeiture order.

Anyone with any information they feel will help Lincolnshire Police is asked to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 154 of 25/10/13. Police reminded t he public that any claimant must have evidence of ownership.

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