A person claiming to have stolen from a shopping centre in England has sent a letter apologising 43 years later.

Belle Vale Shopping Centre in Liverpool shared the note on Facebook, which was addressed to the manager of the shop. The store wrote that it had "restored [it's] faith in humanity".

"I stole two bars of chocolate from Woolworths in your shopping centre in 1975," the note read.

"I apologise. I didn't know any better. Here's money I owe you for them."

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Included in the letter was a £5 ($NZ9.70) note.

However, not everyone was convinced that the note was legitimate, with users pointing out some irregularities.

"Why does it look like a kid wrote this when it's clearly a fully grown adult," one man wrote.

Another user also added that they had spelt "chocolate" wrong.

Restoring our faith in humanity ❤️ Thank you.

Posted by Belle Vale Shopping Centre on Friday, 13 July 2018