'You are a hero': Residents praise north Derbyshire woman who handed in cash she found in street
North Derbyshire residents have joined in the praise for a woman who handed in cash she found on a pavement in Clay Cross.
Police revealed at the weekend that the £45 handed in by the woman had been returned to its rightful owner.
Officers from Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said they wanted to thank the ‘loyal Clay Cross resident for her honesty’ after handing the money in at the police station.
Responding to the story, several residents said the woman had ‘restored their faith in human nature’.
Jennifer Colledge posted on Facebook: “Good one. Bet the person who dropped it couldn't believe their luck that a good honest person handed in to the police. You are a hero.”
On our Facebook page, Irene Trevis said: “It just proves there are some very honest people about.”
Hazel Kennedy posted: “If I’d lost something and someone handed it in, I’d definitely give them a small gift to thank them for their honesty.
"Finding money in the street is particularly amazing because no one knows who it belongs to, but I recently saw a wanted photo for a couple that had picked money up from the street and not reported it so it is actually an offence of theft to keep it and not try to find the owner.”
Amy Binney said: “My nan tried to hand a purse with £500 in to the police station she had found but they told her that they don’t deal with lost and found.
"With a lot of hard work we tracked the person down.”
However, other residents said she had ‘simply done what anyone would have’.
Janet Leslie posted: “I wouldn’t expect a reward for doing the right thing. We’ve found phones, a couple of handbags and a credit card on separate occasions. Always managed to reunite them with their owners.
"I’d like to think if the boot was on the other foot someone would do the same for me.”
The SNT said the owner of the money had dropped it on her way home from shopping in the town.
“Despite all the problems around us, it is nice to see that honesty and integrity is still alive and kicking on our doorsteps,” an SNT spokesperson added.