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Power of social media finds lost camera owner 165 miles away in Somerset

Posted on 28th February 2018
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Yesterday (Tuesday, February 27) we asked for your help in finding the owner of a camera that had been handed in to one of our police stations. 

Less than a day later, and through the power of social media, the owner has been found 165 miles away in Somerset. 

Details were posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages and one of our helpful followers recognised the priest who is based in Hornchurch, Essex and made contact with her. She in turn contacted the father at the christening who recognised the camera as being his dad’s. 

The owner of the camera, David Trotham of Woolavington, Somerset, explained: “ It really is a remarkable story. I had loaned the camera to one of my sons who is taking a zoology degree at the University of Derby. He had a fall on his bike last week and we think the camera must have fallen out if his back-pack, although he had not realised it was lost. 

“The first I knew about it was on receiving a call from my other son to tell me that pictures of the camera and his christening had appeared on social media. 

“I lost my keys in the house a few weeks ago and can’t find them and yet in less than a day my camera is found 165 miles away in Derby. 

“I would really like to thank the person who handed it in, the Derbyshire police for making the effort to find me and the people who took the time to help through social media. It is particularly pleasing to get the photos from the christening back as it was such a special family event.” 

To follow Derbyshire police on social media visit Twitter @DerbysPolice and Derbyshire Constabulary on Facebook and Instagram.


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