Stolen war-time love letter is found

PUBLISHED: 17:15 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Police press officer Nikki Hall with the letter

Police press officer Nikki Hall with the letter

A STOLEN love letter written nearly 70 years ago has been returned to sender. Mystery had enveloped the case after the well-preserved letter was found in a bag dumped in Strafford Gate, Potters Bar.

A STOLEN love letter written nearly 70 years ago has been returned to sender.

Mystery had enveloped the case after the well-preserved letter was found in a bag dumped in Strafford Gate, Potters Bar.

It had been penned in May 1940 by a woman called Monica, from an address in Eldon Avenue, Borehamwood.

Writing to her new fiancé, Gunner Bill Miller, then stationed at Aldershot Barracks, the note expressed her delight at his marriage proprosal the day before in Kew Gardens.

The letter was kept in a small, dark blue leather wallet with the initials WFM stamped on.

But with no further clues to the sender's identity, police appealed for help in tracing her.

And within hours, they had managed to track Monica Miller down.

Now 98, Monica lives in a care home in Potters Bar and is set to be reunited with her correspondence.

Monica's son, who lives in Bristol, expressed his gratitude at the return of the letter.

He said: "I want to say thank you to everyone who has responded to this appeal.

"We are very grateful to have the letter returned - it's obviously of great sentimental value to my mum and family.

"She'll be so glad to have it back."

Hertfordshire Constabulary's property officer Brian Foran had issued the appeal on Thursday to find the mystery letter writer.

He said: "I'm so pleased it will be returned to Monica.

"It's such a lovely letter and was written to mark an important milestone in Monica's life.

"It's wonderful to have a happy ending.


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