Visit the village of Blackhall Colliery, Durham County, England, and some of the goodwill of an unknown benefactor might rub off. Someone – no one knows who – has been leaving out packets of money, as much as 2,000 pounds  – 12 times since 2014 and four times this year, most recently on Tuesday. Locals have given the money in to the police.

The Durham Constabulary, in a statement on Tuesday, “thanked honest residents who have repeatedly handed in bundles of cash which keep mysteriously turning up in their village.

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Constable Forster with money found this week. Photo: Durham Constabulary.

Detective Constable John Forster, of Peterlee CID, said the team had interviewed numerous people and organisations in the village as well as carrying out checks with the local bank and post office and even tested for fingerprints, but the circumstances surrounding the bundles of money remained a mystery.

“These bundles are always left in plain sight such as on pavements and discovered by random members of the public who have handed them in,” he said.