Bath teenagers praised for handing in £5,000 cash find

Two teenagers from Bath have been praised for handing in £5,000 in cash they found at the city's bus station.

Will Miles and Ryan McClory, both aged 17, had been returning from a night out when they found a briefcase on a bench.

When they opened it they found several passports, used plane tickets, some letters from the University of Bath and the cash in £50 notes.

Insp Steve Mildren said it was "refreshing" to praise young people for their "honesty and integrity".

University expenses

The pair had tried to hand the briefcase in at the nearby police station but found the inquiry office closed so they handed it to two police officers.

"Will and Ryan did exactly the right thing by handing the money in to the police," Insp Mildren added.

"I'm sure the owner is extremely grateful that his property was found by two such public-spirited young men."

It is believed the owner had been taking his son to enrol at the university and the money was to pay for his fees and living expenses.

The boys are studying for their A-levels at Beechen Cliff School.

Head teacher Andrew Davies said: "They were faced with what would be a moral decision for anyone to make and they did the right thing."

No reward has been offered to the boys.

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