A safe stolen during an armed robbery more than a decade ago has been reunited with its owner after being found in a canal by a magnet fisher.
Robert Teale thought he'd never see the safe or the jewellery belonging to his late father after he was robbed in his own home in Whitworth.
But almost 12 years later, Robert's stolen safe and the sentimental belongings were retrieved from the Rochdale Canal with a big magnet on a rope.
The finder was Scott Bryant who was magnet fishing in the stretch of water near Manchester Road in Castleton.
Inside the safe, Scott found a number of watches, jewellery and an old driving licence with Robert's name on it.
Scott then traced Robert on Facebook and sent him a message explaining what he'd found.
Robert, 36, who now lives in Prestwich, said:
On February 9, Robert received a message out of the blue from Scott explaining he'd found a driving licence with his name on. Robert then told Scott about the robbery and described the sentimental items that had been taken. Scott, 38, who only took up magnet fishing eight weeks ago, said:
Once sure the items belonged to Robert, Scott arranged to meet him at the Asda in Rochdale. Scott, a healthcare assistant, then handed over the lost items to an emotional Robert, he added: