Transport for London's lost property office revealed



2016-02-01 14:55:53

Transport for London have given a rare glimpse inside their three story high lost property offices which house over 300,000 lost and found items every year.

A few thousand umbrellas were lost across London's trains and buses last year, along with numerous tablets, wallets and around 150 phones a day-all of which get handed in to the transport offices.

It isnt just every day items which find their way into the lost and found though. Among the more bizarre items handed in last year include a prosthetic leg, a judges wig, a brown envelope containing £15,000 in cash and even an urn filled with the ashes of a recently deceased loved one.

It was a bumper year for lost items last year with the TFL finding a record 302,714 items across buses and trains in the capital. Amazingly, only around 22% are ever returned.

Property is stored at the offices for three months before it is sold off for charity-with the exception of the ashes, which were kept by workers at the office for a whole seven years before they were claimed recently. 

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