Report By: Nina Rai
Lancaster, 20 Feb, 2012
An honest UK couple who found cash amounting to £21,480 on their Lancashire doorstep, have now been permitted by the police to keep the bizarre windfall for themselves since it was not claimed by anyone.
It was in January that the lucky couple Ian Roberts and Pam Curtis found cash totaling £21,480 in £20 notes on their doorstep. The money was stashed within a plastic bag and tucked inside a wicker basket, but there was no note indicating who the owner was or for what it was.
Being straightforward citizens, the retired couple from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire immediately informed the police and handed it to over to them. However, since it lay unclaimed for nearly a month, the couple has now been asked to keep the cash and do what they want with it.
Now any other citizens in their place would have been planning a world trip or splurging on jewels or luxuries but not the civic minded Ian and Pam. They believe the cash must have been an anonymous donation in response to their appeal to overhaul a local park costing £400,000.
Ian is the chairman while Pam is the secretary of a committee that is raising funds for Hope Street Park. The couple has now decided to transfer the full amount from their account to the project.
They have even gone so far as to paste a note over their front window thanking the anonymous donor for a "hugely generous" donation towards redevelopment
Recollecting the episode Ian said: "We called the police because it was such a large amount and they said they would take it away and make some inquiries.”
“They (police) said there was a slim possibility it could be drug money, but we have always believed this was probably some old dear who wanted to help with the redevelopment of the park," he added.
Now the couple is hoping that this donation will be like a rallying cry for more people to come forward and contribute money for the park “Until now the largest individual donation we had received was £150," informed the couple.
Meanwhile Lancashire Police spokesman appreciating the couple said: "They did the correct thing by notifying the police after discovering the money, which has now been returned to them."