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‘Good Samaritans’ leave wads of cash on English streets for those in need

The pair tried to give away at least Dh9,536 to a mining village over five years

The pair said they had an emotional connection to the area. Getty Images
The pair said they had an emotional connection to the area. Getty Images

Thousands of pounds were left on the streets of a mining village in northern England by a mystery pair who had an “emotional connection” to the area.

Last November police in County Durham said at least 12 wads of cash, each containing £2,000 (Dh9,536), had been found in Blackhall Colliery between 2014 and 2019.

It has since been discovered that the pair, who wish to remain anonymous, left the money for people in need in obvious places.

“I’m really pleased we have an answer to this mystery and am glad we can now definitively rule out the money being linked to any crime or a vulnerable person,” said Detective Constable John Forster.

“I would like to thank the Good Samaritans for getting in touch and also to the honest residents of Blackhall who have continued to hand the money in.

“We would encourage anyone who may find another bundle to continue to hand it in. All the previous bundles have been returned to the finder,” he added.

One of the pair said they wanted to “repay the kindness she received". It’s unclear if they will continue with their goodwill.

In November upon issuing the appeal, Mr Forster said: “This could be the work of a Good Samaritan but we would like to thank the residents who have shown incredible community spirit by handing the money in.”

Updated: January 13, 2020 09:01 PM

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