Purse lost 31 years ago finally returned
A purse that was lost 31 years ago has been returned to family members of the owner.
Lincolnshire police on Thursday (September 13) said the red leather purse that had been handed in at Market Deeping police station had been returned to the owner's husband.
A police spokesman said: "We were quite surprised when someone handed in a purse they had found in 1987 in Market Deeping.
"The local policing team used the power of social media to try and establish who owned the purse and reunite the purse and contents back to where it belonged.
"It didn't take long, enquiries were made, and we have been able to pass the purse back to it's rightful owner."
Inspector Ian Martin, Community Policing Inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, said: "We are delighted to have returned the purse and it’s contents.
"Although it took a while, a long while, for the purse to be handed in, it shows it’s never too late and I’m grateful we have been able to reunite the purse to the owners family."
Insp Martin had previously said the person who originally found the purse had attempted to return it the owner at the time but had not succeeded.
"It was found by a local man back in 1987 who tried to return it to the owner after a slip of paper was found inside containing some details," he said.
"Despite several attempts to get it to the owner he never succeeded and subsequently forgot about it.
"It was only recently that while moving house that the man found it in the loft and handed it in to police."
The purse still contained the original cash, which was just more than £20.
Lincolnshire police's tweet read: "The mystery has been solved.
"We have returned a purse handed in to us 31 years after it was found.
"Great work by our colleagues @BourneBboroNPT and @Deeping_Police.
"Thanks also to everyone who shared our post incl @MarcJonesLincs."