Rare stamps found dumped in the road
A collection of old stamps, dating back to the wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip in 1947, were discovered in a road in Three Bridges by a baffled couple.
Rhiannon Sharpe, 66, from Forge Road, said her husband found the stamps laying on the pavement.
He brought the collection inside and the couple discovered a selection of one penny stamps, stamps from Malta, and stamps commemorating the marriage between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Rhiannon handed the finding in to Crawley Police Station in the hope the owner of the precious collection would come forward.
She said: “My husband went to check the car and make sure the wing mirrors were pointed in, when he went round to the pavement he saw all of these stamps. They were in a plastic holder and he picked them up and brought them indoors. It is quite a collection and it must be very valuable to someone. I am not sure of its monetary value but there are one penny stamps in there and the Queen’s marriage stamp which could be worth something.
“They were quite interesting and one had the Post Office Guildford on it and it had the time and date stamped on it.
“The next morning my neighbour found a collection of old coins in the road which we think must be linked to each other.
“We have taken the stamps to the police and we just wanted to try and let the owner know that they have been handed in to Crawley Police Station if they are missing them.
“It is a shame because whoever put the collection together has gone to a lot of trouble and it is odd they were just left on the pavement. I collect stamps myself to send to charity, to the Mercy Ships, but mine are no where near as old as these!”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “A collection of stamps was handed into Crawley police station on October 1. Staff checked computer systems to see if they had been reported lost or stolen. It will be held for 28 days and if not claimed will be disposed of and in this case possibly be offered to a charity.”
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