Welsh Lord’s gratitude to Barking cabbie who returned £2k

PUBLISHED: 13:20 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:26 28 October 2014

Lord Barnabas Brooks left his bulging wallet with £2k inside on the seat of a Barking taxi

Lord Barnabas Brooks left his bulging wallet with £2k inside on the seat of a Barking taxi


A Welsh Lord visiting Barking thanked a cabbie for “saving his bacon” after leaving his bulging wallet containing £2,000 on the seat of a taxi.

Lord Barnabas Brooks, from Anglesey, north Wales, was getting the engine for his pick-up truck fixed when he made the forgetful blunder.

“I got my wallet out to pay the driver and thought I’d put it back in my pocket – but didn’t realise it must have fallen out,” said Lord Barnabas.

“I’d just got a huge amount of money out to pay for the engine. I had £2,000 in there, and I never normally do.

“I went to the garage and realised the engine still wasn’t ready so I walked into town to get something to eat.”

Lord Barnabas made his way to Gascoigne Road and was asking a passerby to recommend a Barking café when his taxi driver, who he believes was called Dave Bernie, pulled up next to him.

“I left him at least 20 minutes earlier so he must have been driving around looking for me for a while,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe it when he handed me my wallet with everything inside. I hadn’t even noticed it was gone.

“It’s fantastic there’s people out there like him. I was astonished. He really did save my bacon that day.

“I want to say a huge thank you to him and make him aware how grateful I am for his kindness.”

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