Man appeals for missing £2,600 holiday cash

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An Ilkeston man is offering a £500 reward to anyone who can lead him to find a huge sum of money, which went missing from a bench in Ilkeston yesterday lunchtime.

Lee Tomlinson withdrew £2,600 from Natwest Bank on Bath Street before having it exchanged into euros at Ilkeston Co-op Travel at around 11.30am yesterday (August 21).

Mr Tomlinson left the shop and sat on a bench with his daughter holding a large folder containing the cash, which he then left in her care when he went to buy a drink from a nearby newsagents.

When his daughter joined him in the shop, the pair realised that she had left the envelope on the bench and rushed back to get it.

On returning, the money was gone.

“It must have been a matter of five minutes,” Mr Tomlinson said.

“As soon as someone picked it up they would have realised it was for a family holiday, I’m shocked.”

The police have been contacted to try and trace the person responsible for picking up the money, but so far nothing has been uncovered that may lead to its whereabouts.

Mr Tomlinson will reward £500 to anyone who can lead him to getting back the cash, which was supposed to be spending money for his family holiday to Greece next week.

Please contact Mr Tomlinson on 07951505538 with any information. Alternatively, information can be disclosed to Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.