Wednesday, December 3, 2008

£10,000 'jigsaw puzzle' found in bin
December 3, 2008

A street cleaner who found £10,000 in cut-up banknotes has been told he can keep the money – all he has to do now is put the pieces back together.

Graham Hill, 43, unearthed the £10 and £20 notes as he emptied litter bins.

He handed the bundle to police who held it for six months. But, when no one claimed the cash, they returned it to Mr Hill. The Bank of England will give him a new note for each one he can put back together.

Mr Hill, of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, remains tight-lipped about the task facing him. But he did say: 'I was gutted when I looked in the bin and saw the money cut up.'

Det Con Nick Cobb said: 'How the money came to be in the bin remains a mystery. There was no evidence it was stolen or linked to any criminal activity.'

The cash, and a second bundle of cut-up notes, were found in separate bins in Lincoln's central market in May.

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