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The following guidance will help you to report property which has been found to the correct place. Items found containing personal data should be reported to the issuing authority, if you are unable to do this and you hand this into the police, we will forward this onto them for you. This will not be retained by the police.

- When you have found some property if you wish to claim the item it is your legal obligation to try to reunite it with the owner first.

- Once you have made reasonable attempts to trace the owner and have not found them after 21 days you can claim the item as your own.

- However, please be aware that the original owner never loses entitlement to the property - so if this person does come forward at any point in the future, then the property must be returned to them. 

You could do this by putting a notice in the local shop or near where you found the item.

If you find an item of property such as cash, identification, cards, handbags, bikes etc in any of the premises below you should hand this into the manager of the following premises as they should operate their own lost and found procedures:

  • Licence premises (pubs, nightclubs)
  • Private premises (house, hotel, hostel)
  • Taxi’s
  • Public transport (trains, buses, trams)
  • Business premises (shops, supermarkets)
  • Educational premises (schools, universities, colleges)

If you have found any of the items listed below, please report as follows:

Driving licences, passports, identification documents etc:

  • send directly to the issuing authority, if you are unable to do this, this can be handed into Cumbria Police who will forward to them.

Credit / Debit / Store cards:

  • follow the instructions on the back of the card found, if you are unable to do this, this can be handed into Cumbria Police who will forward to them.  

Mobile Phones/Tablets/Laptops/other electronic items which may contain personal data:

  • hand the device into the local service provider’s mobile/computer shop, if you are unable to do this, this can be handed into Cumbria Police who will forward to them.  

Handbag / Wallet / Purse / Jewellery:

  • if there are any documents that identify the owner, please contact them direct to reunite them with their property.
  • if you are unable to identify the owner, please hand into Cumbria Police.

Keys:

  • if you know who these belong to please contact them to reunite them with their keys.
  • If you do not know who the keys belong to, please dispose of them securely.

Blue Badge:

  • send this back to the local council who is the issuing authority.

Dogs:

  • call your local district council, who will arrange to pick up the dog from you.

Pedal Cycles:

  • call your local district council.

You may be able to claim entitlement to some property that you find, you can only retain the item on the understanding that if the owner comes forward, you must give it back.

If you find an item and you believe this has been involved with a crime, please contact police on 101 or visit your local station.