Tuesday 12 November 2019

False teeth and otter in lost pile

False teeth were among the items given to police as lost property
False teeth were among the items given to police as lost property

False teeth, a stuffed otter, a telescope and a fully-dressed male mannequin have all been handed in to police stations across the country as lost property.

Other "unusual" items dealt with by Scotland's police forces include a towelling bath robe, garden gnomes, snowboards, Hoovers, microwaves, an exercise mat and a garden bench.

A freedom of information (FOI) request revealed than in the past two years almost 200,000 items of lost property have been handed in by members of the public. The most common for almost all the force areas included purses and wallets, keys, mobile phones, money and jewellery.

Tayside Police said 1,816 animals had been taken to police stations, making it the seventh most common "item" to be handed into the force. Tayside also recorded that 3,937 sets of keys were dealt with.

Lothian and Borders Police have received 51,354 items since August 2009, and Strathclyde Police recorded 35,849, including nearly 11,000 items of clothing and more than 6,000 purses, wallets or bags.

Grampian Police recorded a total of 40,160 items, the third largest number of the eight police forces, while Central Scotland said it had received just 1,790, making it the area with the least amount of lost property handed in to police stations in the last two years.

Almost a quarter (8,823) of items found in Scotland's largest force area were successfully returned to their owners. Strathclyde said a further 4,500 pieces of lost property had been handed in since the FOI request was lodged at the end of last month.

Of the more uncommon items, Northern Constabulary noted that it had received a canoe, false teeth, a stuffed otter and a walking frame. Hearing aids, mobility scooters and wheelbarrows were all on Fife Police's list of "unusual items".

Lothian and Borders Police said it had received a B&Q trolley, a garden bench and a kayak, and Dumfries and Galloway Police dealt with a telescope and a towelling bath robe.

Strathclyde Police said a fully-dressed male mannequin had been given in to one of its stations, while Central Scotland Police noted walking sticks and wheelchairs among its more uncommon lost property items.

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