Four locked safes came into the scrap metal dealers in Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. It’s not uncommon to have safes come in for scrapping, but it is unusual for them to be filled with anything.
As the safes got snipped open with a mobile shear, staff discovered about £20,000 in one of them. The others were empty. The £20,000 was made up of some legal tender and some old tender and was clearly in there for many years as it was dusty and wet from being in the rain.
Yard Manager Kevin Harrington said: “We often get safes in and we tend to store them up as they are quite difficult to deal with.
“We had about eight in at the time when we started snipping them. We’d snipped up three before we found the money. It had been in there a long while, it was very dusty and we didn’t count it all but we guestimate that there was £20,000 in there.
“But it’s not all legal tender anymore, which shows how long it had been left for.”
Sackers gave the money to the police who have been unable to track and identify the owner and no records are documented. The money is going to be donated to charity.