An honest council worker has been praised after handing in over £10,000 found amongst rubbish in Bangor’s recycling plant.
The employee made the find on Monday at the council’s recycling centre on Balloo Drive.
A council spokeswoman said: “A sum of money was found by council staff on Monday, 23 September at the council’s Recycling Centre in Bangor. It has been handed over to the police.”
She said police are making efforts to find the owner of the money and the council was not in a position to provide more information about the amount or the situation in which it was found.
It is understood the money was found in an old household appliance and that there was over £10,000.
Councillor Harry Dunlop praised the employee’s honesty.
“After six months, if nobody has come forward and proven that it belongs to them it will be handed back to the person that found it,” Mr Dunlop said.
“As chairman of the council amenities and technical services I would just like to commend the honesty of the council employee.
“For many people there would have been a big temptation to keep it but they handed the money in to their manager.”
He said that anyone who comes forward to claim the money will have to be able to give very specific details in order to prove the money belonged to them.
“If it is not claimed after six months it will deservedly go back to the council employee,” he added.
A police spokesman confirmed that officers in Bangor received a sum of money from North Down Borough Council staff on Monday, September 23.
He said the money had been found and handed in to police on the same day.
Asked how much money had been found, the police spokesman said it was a “large amount”.
The News Letter asked North Down council if the employee would agree to have their photograph taken at the recycling plant, however they declined to be identified.
Councillor Alan Leslie manages Action Cancer in Bangor.
“We have heard of £2,000 being found in a man’s shoe in another charity shop in Bangor,” he said. “They never found who it belonged to. I have also found a wallet in a man’s suit with £25 in it, last year. Another shop had a £500 Gucci handbag donated. And we found a gold ring in a fireplace surround recently. Sometimes people have passed away and there is a house clearance and this is what happens.”
He too commended the council employee. “There are still some good people around,” he said.