Life savings swept away

A German pensioner who hid her life savings in a vacuum cleaner dust bag because she didn’t trust banks had them thrown out by her cleaner.

Margarethe Willemsen, 80, from Hanover, had stashed her life savings of £57,000 in an old vacuum cleaner bag.

But a new cleaning lady she had employed found the bag in a cupboard and threw it out, thinking it was rubbish.

Willemsen managed to get the cash back though after she called the local rubbish collection service – which sent a team to sift through 45 tons of rubbish at a tip to find the bag.

She said: “I thought it would be the perfect place to hide my cash but I was obviously wrong.”

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