Can you help reunite family with their photos?

camera found at dd j huntA camera perhaps lost in 2011, but with 150 family images still intact, was one of the more intriguing finds during a deep clean at Deepdene on Saturday (March 4) – and now the challenge is to reunite family with photos.


As reported, Deepdene was benefitting from a litter pick organised by MP Royston Smith (Con) as part of this weekend’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’, which saw litter picks across the country. In fact Smith himself seemed to be on a mammoth litter-picking mission, also tweeting on Saturday from picks at Archery Rec, Freemantle Common, Hum Hole and Thornhill Park!


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At Deepdene, local resident John Hunt found the red Vivitar camera, and while he says the camera itself “looks terminal”, the memory card still contains about 150 pictures and a couple of videos.

Reunite photos with their rightful owner

“They’re from 2011, so I’m guessing that’s when the camera was lost or stolen, but they’re all of fairly good quality and as they’re primarily baby photos, and with presumably mum and grandparents, it might be nice to re-unite them with their rightful owner.”

John’s now posted a small selection of images (some redacted) from the camera card onto his Facebook page, through which he can be contacted, and where he says:

“Is this you or your camera or do you know these people? I found the (broken) digital camera today in a park, which contains about 150 personal photos. I'd love to return then to the rightful owner but obviously you'll need to prove it's you and show up in person (NO exceptions) to claim them.”

litter pickers at DD
Litter pickers at Deepdene - with bags of rubbish, and even a car clamp!

As well as the camera and bags of rubbish, the group of around 25 volunteers found a pair of wellington boots and a complete wheel clamp at Deepdene, where anti-social behaviour has recently been reported.

"It was great to see so many people out and willing to help keep their area clean. We had great fun while doing something worthwhile," Royston Smith told

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