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The most honest cabbie in the world? Taxi driver hands in forgotten bag - containing £10k cash

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We've all left things in taxis - mobile phones, spare change, the odd shopping bag.

Walsall taxi driver Mohammed Nisar, who has some moral advice for his cab-driving brothers – if you find stuff in your cab, just give it back

But one cabbie in Walsall ended up with a rather more valuable forgotten item - a bag containing £10,000 cash.

Mohammed Nisar picked up one of his regular customers from Hereford at Walsall train station and drove him to his normal destination of British Car Auctions in Green Lane, thinking no more about it. However, soon afterwards, a call came in from the council saying that something important had been left behind.

Thinking nothing of it and without looking inside, father-of-three Mohammed simply reached for the innocuous looking shoulder bag and placed it on the front passenger seat.

It was only when the flustered passenger returned to the rank in another taxi less than half an hour later that he realised something was out of the ordinary.

"He nearly had a heart attack, he was really worried," said Mr Nisar, aged 55 from Hatherton. "He came up to me and said 'do you realise what is in that bag?'.

"He was very, very thankful. He had just bought a car but forgot the money."

It is not the first time Mr Nisar, who has been a cabbie for 15 years and works for himself, has found things in the back of his car.

Mobile phones regularly slip out of pockets, while purses are also frequently left behind. Only two years ago one passenger left a wallet containing £150 in, but Mr Nasir drove straight back to the man's home in Darlaston and returned it.

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Now, following his latest find, he is urging fellow taxi drivers to do the same if they find themselves in the same situation.

Mr Nisar said: "At the end of the day honesty is the best policy. There are some drivers who don't return things but what is the point.

"If the council had not have called me and no-one had have claimed it after 12 or 24 hours I would have taken that bag straight to the police station. It is better me going to them rather than them coming to visit you.

"Mobile phones are the most common thing left behind but most of them now can be traced anyway.

"My message is to encourage all my taxi driving brothers that if they find something valuable just give it back."

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