A group of children playing near Aghios Spyridonas Square in the northwestern town of Ioannina stumbled across a bag containing 43,000 euros on Friday.

The bag was hidden in a dilapidated house near the square.

An ensuing police investigation revealed that the cash belonged to a 83-year-old woman living nearby who had retrieved the money from her bank account and hidden it in the building out of fear of losing her savings due to the ongoing crisis.

According to reports, the elderly woman was not certain of the actual amount she had hidden away, telling police officers it was somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 euros.