Local neighbourhood policing officers in Frome (Avon & Somerset Police) have asked for the publics help to identify a male who has been posting ‘sums of money’ through doors.
Officers did not reveal how much money had been given away or how many people had received an anonymous letter in a post published on their Facebook page yesterday (21st Feb) morning.
A spokesperson for the team 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.
‘If you have any information about this male or have experienced anything similar, please contact the Police on 101 ‘
Whilst giving money away to strangers is not a criminal offence, officers will probably want to satisfy themselves that the cash has not come from the proceeds of crime.
Replying to the post, one social media user said:
‘Because giving something of value away to others is now a cause for suspicion and potentially a crime…
‘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’.
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Of all the people exciting police attention, I would have thought that a good Samaritan should be right at the bottom of the list. No crime has been committed, unless eccentricity has recently been criminalised, and these days, anything is possible.
Thats happened to me years ago on my estate and I wasnt the only one that received money in an envelope , at the time was a bit short of cash so really helped .