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Lost and Found Property

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lost property

The Police do not deal with lost property or provide a lost property reference number unless it is a:

  • hazardous item, for example firearms, shotguns, ammunition, explosives, poisons or chemicals – call 999

The lack of reference number should not invalidate any insurance claim.

If the item was lost on private property (including shops, restaurants or pubs) or on public transport (including taxis, trains or coaches), we recommend you contact the establishment or transport provider where the item was lost.

Further information

You can report any loss at a number of places online, for example:

stolen property

If you are certain your property has been stolen, you can report it here by filling in the report a crime or incident form.

Otherwise, you will need to report it as lost property.

found property

The Police will only deal with certain found property. If you find any of the following items:

  • items capable of containing data for example mobile phones, computers, tablets
  • cash within wallets that are identifiable
  • unidentifiable cash
  • items suspected of being involved in crime
  • firearms, ammunition, explosives or chemicals
  • drugs
  • passports, bank cards or identity cards
  • personal documentation (for example, bank statements, benefit books)
  • birth, marriage and death certificates

You can report it:

Property we do not accept

The Police will not deal with any other found items, including:

  • bicycles
  • empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses
  • suitcases
  • animals
  • keys
  • spectacles
  • watches (except if capable of containing personal data)
  • jewellery
  • unidentifiable property - where an owner is not identifiable

If the item was found on private property (including shops, restaurants or pubs) or on public transport (including taxis, trains or coaches), we recommend you contact the establishment or transport provider where the item was found.

You could also consider placing an advertisement on social media sites or in the local newspapers.

Further information

  • bicycles – if the bicycle is in new condition you can record the details on Bike Register - The National Cycle Database - All other found bicycles should be reported to your local council
  • prescription drugs/medicines - take them to the nearest chemist who will dispose of them safely
  • needles - report to your local council
  • blue disabled parking permits - report to your local council