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Unclaimed Property

If you have reported an item found and retained the property you can hold onto it on the understanding that if the owner comes forward you must hand it over. After 28 days the item becomes yours if nobody has claimed it.

However the 28 day rule does not prevent a later civil claim should an owner come forward.  The 'true' owner is always deemed to be the person who lost the item; the finder does not acquire ownership and can be asked to return the item or reimburse the owner if it has been sold.  Any dispute between the finder and the owner is a matter for the courts.

The below items are NOT allowed to be retained and claimed by members of the public.

  • drugs
  • firearms, weapons, ammunition
  • non UK passports
  • high value items
  • laptops and cameras
  • mobile phones
  • unidentifiable substances, or other items that may pose a danger or harm to others