Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating

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A would-be fiancé asked his girlfriend to marry him late Friday night in New York City's Times Square, then dropped the engagement ring down a sidewalk grate before she could put it on.

"WANTED for dropping his fiancée's ring in @TimesSquareNYC!" the NYPD wrote on Twitter.

Likely having other things to do, but remembering it's the holiday season, special operations cops make it their mission to find and rescue the ring from underneath the streets, trapped inside a subway grate.

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a couple who recently got engaged.

On Twitter and Facebook Sunday, the NYPD issued an all-hands bulletin. The NYPD Emergency Services could not immediately recover the ring and the couple left.

It fell about 2.4 metres, police said.

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The English couple John Drennan and Daniella Anthony who lost their engagement ring down a drain in Times Square.

They also posted a photo of the ring itself.

In the photo, Anthony was seen wearing a ring on the traditional finger, although the couple said they abandoned plans to visit a jewellery store to replace the ring on discovering it had been found.

In a following tweet, the NYPD shared a picture of the ring all clean and shiny.

Even NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill chimed in.

With the help of dozens of passers-by they managed to get the grate off and search underneath for at least two hours. A spokesperson declined to identify the couple or offer details about how the ring was found.

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