Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Is This the North's Most Honest Man? HARD-UP WELDER FINDS Pounds 3,800 AT THE BUS STOP

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Is This the North's Most Honest Man? HARD-UP WELDER FINDS Pounds 3,800 AT THE BUS STOP

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Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY

HARD-up Jimmy Race was hailed today after handing in pounds 3,800 he found in the street.

Honest Jimmy, who has two jobs to make ends meet, stumbled upon a bag containing the sum, in pounds 50 notes.

But instead of treating himself to a dream holiday or blowing the cash with his mates in the pub, the honest welder headed straight to the nearest police station.

Jimmy, of Heaton, Newcastle, could not believe his eyes when he discovered the cash in a holdall left at a bus top.

The 47-year-old found the bag when he got off a bus at Newcastle Central Station, on his way to work on Saturday.

But it was not until he looked inside to see if he could find its owner's ID that he realised just how valuable a find he had made.

"I was on my way to work and I had just got off the bus and the bag was just sitting there," he said. "There was a coach parked nearby and I asked the bus driver if anyone had left it but they hadn't.

"I couldn't find any police at the station and I was running late for work so I decided to take it with me and phone the police when I got there.

"And while I was sitting on the Metro I looked in the bag to see if there was any ID and I found an envelope with pounds 3,800 cash.

"I just panicked and dropped it back into the bag. I didn't want anybody to see it."

For a split second Jimmy, who works two jobs, thought of all the things he could do with the cash.

But his big-spending dreams were cut short when his conscience kicked-in and he decided he would have to hand the money in.

"The first thing you think of is 'shall I keep it', and I was thinking what I could do with it, but I just thought about how I would feel if I lost all that money," he said.

"I just couldn't do it. I had to hand it in because it's an awful lot of money to lose."

Jimmy's workmates at Sinco Engineers, in Jarrow, had other ideas when he arrived at work with the wad of cash. …

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