Treasure trove of long lost letters found during clear out of Saffron Walden Police Station

PUBLISHED: 09:42 29 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 29 December 2016

Letters found at Saffron Walden Police Station

Letters found at Saffron Walden Police Station

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A treasure trove of long lost letters dating back to the 1960s have been found at Saffron Walden Police Station during a clear-out of the East Street building.

Paul FaulknerPaul Faulkner

Officers came across the letters, 10 of which are still unopened, in the loft of the station, which is being sold off as part of Essex Police’s plan to reduce the size of its estate.

The letters, which total around 50 and date from 1962 to 1976, are addressed to a Paul Faulkner and include correspondence from his granddad, mother and a friend.

Officers from Essex Police contacted the Reporter in the hope of solving the now 50-year-old mystery of why the letters were left in the loft of the station.

A Facebook profile for Mr Faulkner states he is married, now resides in Paris and also attended the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology during the 1970s, a fact backed up by one letter from the university.

Letters found at Saffron Walden Police StationLetters found at Saffron Walden Police Station

Mr Faulkner lived at several addresses during the time the letters were written, including Cherry Garden Lane, Newport, and the Saffron Hotel, in the High Street, in 1976.

A series of letters from his mother reveal she moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1971 and she tells of seeing “many wild animals and some wondeful scenery”.

In one letter, dated March 1971, she writes: “People here start work generally a bit earlier than in England and finish earlier, due to the heat.

“Today it is 83 degrees Fahrenheit. At weekends, most people try to get away for a trip to the surrounding countryside and bush, visiting such places as the Kariba Dam and the Victorian Falls.

A photograph found at Saffron Walden Police StationA photograph found at Saffron Walden Police Station

“The insects, moths and butterflies are all much larger than in England and very beautiful. Also the birds, but they don’t sing as sweetly as the English songsters.”

Another letter, from a friend named Jennie, reads: “Hi-ya, I’m back, so you better watch out! How are things over your side of the world? You’ll have to get in contact with me sometime soon please!

“Well, I’ve eventually sent your birthday card (well they do say ‘better late than never’) and although it was late, it was not forgotten.

“Anyway, I’ll see you soon (if you can bear it!). Lots of love, Jennie. xxx”

According to his Facebook profile, Mr Faulkner, who may have a sister called Janice, attended Saffron Walden County High.

The Reporter has contacted Mr Faulkner through Facebook but is awaiting a response.

Do you know Mr Faulkner, his family or friend Jennie? If so, please get in touch at either 01799 513024 or editor@saffronwalden-reporter.co.uk.

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