A kind hearted couple who not wish to be named after bundles of £2k totalling £26k were left on the streets of Blackhall over 5 years.
Detectives have now said they’ve solved the mystery after two “good Samaritans” came forward and revealed they had been the ones legally dropping the cash in bundles of £2k for people in the deprived former mining village.
Over five years they have left 13 bundles of £2k in different locations across Blackhall Colliery in County Durham since 2014.
Durham Constabulary went public last year to try and solve the mystery and now the two mysterious people behind the cash have come forward but want to remain anonymous.
They said they’ve been leaving the cash to help people out in the village.
The generous pair want to remain anonymous but told police they wanted to “give something back” because one of them has an “emotional connection” to Blackhall Colliery.
Their repeated visits to the village have seen lucky residents find a total of £26,000.
Detective Constable John Forster said: “I’m really pleased we have an answer to this mystery and am glad we can now definitively rule out the money being linked to any crime or a vulnerable person.
“I would like to thank the good Samaritans for getting in touch and also to the honest residents of Blackhall who have continued to hand the money in.
“We would encourage anyone who may find another bundle to continue to hand it in.”
The police said they don’t know if the pair will continue to leave money in the future but encouraged anyone who finds any to hand it into the police who will return it to the finder if it isn’t claimed by somebody else within two weeks.