Police Looking For Man Posting Cash Through Random Letter Boxes
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Police are looking for a mystery man who's been posting cash through random letterboxes in Frome, Somerset.
The neighbourhood police team did not reveal how much money was being posted through residents' doors, but said they wanted to speak to the man to find out why he's doing it.
A statement released yesterday said: "Frome Neighbourhood Policing Team have received reports of a male posting sums of money and letters through doors in the community.
"We are keen to speak to this male and ascertain the reasoning behind this act."
The team asked people to contact the police on 101 or via the force's website if they 'have any information about this male or have experienced anything similar'.
Some people commented on Facebook to speculate why the man had been posting cash to others, with many suggesting it was simply a 'random act of kindness'.
One person wrote: "But surely, someone will have reported this in order for this to have been posted. Are acts of kindness really that rare now, that people are afraid/upset when it happens?!"
Another said: "It's Lent (a time of reflection), we are coming up to Easter, and we're enduring a pandemic which has seen many suffer unimaginably. It's probably just someone trying to do something good and to bring some light into someone's day, without the need to be thanked.
"Doing the right thing is not about being seen. It is about doing the right thing when no one is looking. Aren't there plenty of other 'characters' you should be concerning yourself with?"
A third asked: "It's 'random acts of kindness week' isn't it?"
Others weren't so interested in the whys and wherefores, however, with one quipping: "Please come post money to me whomever you are!"
The news follows a similar mystery in Blackhall Colliery, a village in County Durham, where packets of bank notes - usually amounting to a whopping £2,000 - started cropping up on the streets.
Following months of head-scratching, in January last year, Durham Constabulary said 'two Good Samaritans' had eventually come forward and admitted that they had been leaving the money.
According to the post, both of the kind-hearted people say they 'had recently received unexpected windfalls and told police they wanted to give something back'.
A Facebook post said: "Since 2014, the pair have repeatedly visited the village to leave behind bundles of bank notes, with £26,000 being handed in over the last six years.
"In many cases, they deliberately left the money where it would be found by people in need, including pensioners and people who had fallen on hard times.
"They would often wait around to make sure the cash had been picked up, but have never sought any thanks for their donations."