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Delight in Dingwall as senior citizen reunited with lost pension

By Louise Glen

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The cash was handed in to Dingwall Police Station.
The cash was handed in to Dingwall Police Station.

IN scenes reminiscent of the classic Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life, a pensioner from Dingwall has been heartened by the honest people of his home town.

A pensioner, who did not want to give his name, got a lucky break today after, unknown to him, he dropped all of his pension in the street.

But Christmas was saved for the elderly gent after a passer-by saw the money and handed it in at the local police station.

A message on social media alerted the public to the good news story. A post on Highlands and Islands Police Division read: "It was certainly the season of goodwill in Dingwall earlier today.

"Having been to withdraw his weekly pension, a local resident soon realised he had dropped the cash in the High Street.

"Meanwhile, a member of the public found the money and made their way to the Police Station to hand it in. A short time later the resident came to the Police Station to report the loss. We were delighted to be able to reunite him with his money."

Delighted to have helped, local sergeant Ross Hamill said: "We were delighted to be able to reunite the gentleman with the money he had dropped earlier. I would also like to thank the member of the public who kindly took it to the police station when they found it in the street. This was the honest and right thing to do and I'm sure it was greatly appreciated by the gentleman."

Messages on the police Facebook page shared the good will of the season.

Sammy MacLeod said: "That’s what we do in the Highlands and Moray."

Christine McGougan said: "Well done to the Dingwall community and of course our polis!"

Katie MacCormick added: "In spite of all the evil there’s plenty good people,thankfully! Two incidents of honesty I’ve heard in as many days."

Diane O'Hennessy said: "Brilliant news. Thank you Dingwall person. It’s people like you that restore the trust in the public. Good news Highland police for letting us know there are good people out there."

Mhairi Jarvie commented: "Well that doesn’t happen very often! How lovely to read something nice for a change. Merry Christmas to you all and stay safe!"

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