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Ipswich: Investigation launched after money goes missing from police station

17:40 03 February 2014

Ipswich Police Station on Civic Drive, Ipswich.

Ipswich Police Station on Civic Drive, Ipswich.

An investigation has been launched after police lost money handed into them by a member of the public.

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Tony Edwards found an amount of cash in the street near Civic Drive police station in Ipswich and quickly handed it in to officers there.

He was given a reference number and told to contact them in 28 days, after which the money would be his if no one claimed it.

Mr Edwards, of Waterloo Road in Ipswich, duly did as requested and was told the money had not been claimed and was his to keep.

However, when an officer went to retrieve it they found nothing but an empty plastic wallet – the money had vanished.

Mr Edwards said: “It just isn’t good enough. If the money has been claimed then surely there must be a record of this on the Civic Drive station log.

“I was advised that according to computer records the money is at Civic Drive police station; it clearly isn’t.”

Following the realisation the money was not where it should be Suffolk police said: “On December 17, 2013 an amount of cash was handed into Ipswich Police Station in Civic Drive by a member of the public who had found it in the town centre.

“The money was recorded and the finder was given a reference number. He was informed he could return in 28 days to collect it if the owner did not claim it within that period. However, when the finder returned to collect the money it could not be located.

“Police are now working to locate the missing cash, which is believed to have been misplaced.

“The Norfolk and Suffolk Police Joint Professional Standards Department has been informed and is looking into the matter.”

Mr Edwards added he had been contacted by the professional standards department on several occasions since the incident.

Once the money, amounting to £70, is recovered Mr Edwards has said he is going to donate it to Amnesty International.

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13 comments

  • As hungry as I was I was going to give it to the local food bank. But i handed it in, in the belief that it may have belonged to an elderly person and I couldn't stand the thought of them being cold and without Tea or Coffee

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    a.emmerson

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • If the Police spell something incorrectly nowadays it gets in the paper ! Do you want to mistrust the Police ? The Media have got alot to answer for with the stories they tell and the sensationalism they create . If you cannot trust the Police then that is the start of a dramatic downturn , just think about what might have happened and not the implication that the police have done something wrong all the time . They deal with tens of thousands of items of found , lost or seized property and because they are Human they can mislay things , like it could be misfiled .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • IpswichResident....if the police can't look after a mere 70 quid or record if its been collected then how can anyone expect to have any faith in them these days?

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • He should call the police! Oh, hang on ....

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    Public Purson

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Actual 'Police officers ' have never had anything to do with lost property for years. If you hand stuff in it's to a civilian member of staff. The Property Officer is also a civilian. I am afraid the Star has jumped on the bash the police brigade as per.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Suffolk Police would like to thank all of those residents who kindly donated to their annual Christmas Party, a great time was had by all.

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    Renegade

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • <ahem> No. ...You can't trust anyone these days.

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    Suffolk Scoops

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • A few months ago, i handed some food in to the Felixstowe cop shop. Wasn't a lot of food, 2 cartons of fresh orange juice. Some biscuits with some milk. All fresh from that morning, the receipt was even with it. i handed it in and went back the next day, I asked if the food had been claimed, i was homeless at that point. They said they had to destroy all of the food as it was perishable stuff. If you ask me, I think they had a free lunch on a homeless person. I just hope that the cops who took this money at least did something charitable with it.

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    a.emmerson

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Suffolk Police would like to thank all of those residents who kindly donated to their annual Christmas Party, a great time was had by all.

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    Renegade

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Can't trust no one today

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • It's been either claimed or nicked, it can't be misplaced cos the envelope was still there. There must be a camera

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Who's to say that it wasn't collected by the owner, or lost? Does it have to be a sinister reason??

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    IpswichResident

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Suffolk Police would like to thank all of those kind residents who kindly donated to their Christmas Party, a great time was had by all.

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    Renegade

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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